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UN Calls for Electricity for All

UN Calls for Electricity for All

Energy supplies are seen as key in helping to ease poverty

The United Nations has published an ambitious roadmap calling on countries to ensure all people have access to electricity by 2030. This is seen as a key driver in the elimination of poverty and the improvement of health.

However the report is also keen to ensure that this does not put at risk lowering carbon emissions and it also calls for a 40% improvement in ratio of electric consumption against economic activity, or energy intensity.

Nearly half the world’s population still use wood or similar fuel for cooking and heating. The smoke this creates causes severe breathing difficulties and early death so using electricity would eliminate many health problems.

Reliable energy supplies are also seen as a key factor in helping developing countries lift their populations out of chronic poverty and meet the Millenium Development Goals on poverty.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, said: “We need to urgently transform the global energy system. The decisions we make today on energy will have a profound impact on the global climate, on sustainable development, on economic growth, and global security.”

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10:20PM PST on Jan 17, 2011

Tell Mr Dithers to get off the throne and get on with it. We can all visualize it....talk about it....How about just doing it! It is possible to do....we can liberate ourselves one household at a time. In March 2010, Canada passed a bill and each new home has to have a Solar connection. There's our open door. Lets change the way we do things.

11:20PM PDT on May 24, 2010

It will be really good move towards multidimensional development in establishing ideal estate

5:38AM PDT on May 22, 2010

Thank you!

8:29PM PDT on May 18, 2010

Just WHO do they think is going to pay for all the poles, lines, men and women to do the work of building the system and the maintrainence.
The good old boys in the good old USA are broke --from paying for all the services of keeping millions of illegals, healthy, fed , housed and educated.
Good Luck to the UN

5:50AM PDT on May 18, 2010

Science magazine ways there is enough wind in North Dakota alone to take care of all of America's electrical needs. Why aren't we putting up windmills instead of drilling in the gulf? How about all cars being either all electrical or hybrid? How about filling parking lots with electrical plug ins? That could create a heck of a lot of jobs.

11:37AM PDT on May 17, 2010

Solar and Wind energy seems to me to be something they could have started so much sooner and had up to full speed by now. A child could tell them that they must stop killing the earth and oceans. 'If the oceans die, there go I. And you, and you and you and all that live will too'.

7:06PM PDT on May 16, 2010

This UN call is also a step toward global peace..

2:59PM PDT on May 16, 2010

YAAAAAY WIND POWERRRRR

5:17PM PDT on May 15, 2010

Funny, how other nations will help out one another and allow them to be equivalents as the leaders that took this land (the United States of America) will not even throw enough funds to clean up our coasts covered with oil affecting what is our wildlife too simply because we were not the company that spilled it. It has been days and what was it 200,000 barrels of oil pouring into our habitat that we pay no mind to. I love the quote that says "a nation is only as good as what it chooses to preserve"

10:50PM PDT on May 14, 2010

thanks.electricity for all but with sustainable and safe energies.

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