UN Energy

Guide to the United Nations and Energy

In June 2009 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed members to a public-private partnership, the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), in recognition of the central importance of energy. This followed creation of UN-Energy in 2004 which includes 21 United Nations agencies with roles in energy. 

 Kandeh K. Yumkella is Chair of AGECC and UN-Energy and Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In Closing the Energy Gap, an article written with AGECC member Carlos Slim Helu,  Dr. Yumkella notes the AGECC’s recommendation that the international community commit to universal access to modern energy services by 2030 and a 40 per cent reduction in global energy intensity by 2030.

Closing the energy gap addresses pollution emissions for the half of the world’s population which cooks with wood, charcoal, or dung and tackles the deforestation that results from using firewood. Health implications are huge as 1.6 million die each year from complications caused by indoor smoke inhalation. To put this in perspective, this is more than the number of deaths caused by malaria. While there is no Millennium Development Goal on energy, energy is central to meeting goals concerning poverty and hunger, universal education and environmental sustainability.  For example, the disproportionate impact on women and girls of the absence of electricity for 1.5 billion people is a barrier to achieving the goal of gender equality.

Resources for The United Nations and Energy The following are annotated links to articles or reports on the United Nations and energy. Your additions most welcome!  Send an email to gagarland@gmail.com

Energy in the United Nations: An Overview of UN-Energy Activities

This publication showcases the work of UN-Energy members and explains the collaborative mechanism to ensure coherent UN work on energy


Delivering on Energy

An overview of activities by UN-Energy and its members


UN-Energy Looking to the Future

Recommendations for UN-Energy, a mechanism to promote coherence within 21 members of United Nations family of organizations in the energy field.


Energy for a Sustainable Future

April 2010 report by the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC) including  key goals on energy access and energy efficiency.

Closing the Energy Gap

Carlos Slim Helu and Kandeh Yumkella update the work of the public private partrnership appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, July 27, 2010.


The Energy Access Situation in Developing Countries: A review focusing on least developed countries and Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Sustainable Energy Programme Environment and Energy Group Report


 Fuel for life: household energy and health

Fuel for life: household energy and health gives an overview of the health impacts of indoor air pollution from solid fuel use and describes solutions to promote health and development in the context of the household energy challenge. Innovative policy approaches and a rigorous acceleration of investments is needed now to save lives and enable development.


The Energy Challenge for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The essential  role of energy for each of the Millennium Development Goals.


Energy for Sustainable Development: Overview

Energy is central to sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all aspects of development — social, economic, and environmental — including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, population levels, education, and gender-related issues.


 Energy for Development:

The Potential Role of Renewable Energy in Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, prepared for the REN21 Network by The Worldwatch Institute

Lead Authors: Christopher Flavin and Molly Hull Aeck


Creating the Climate for Change

Web site for Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative.  SEFI is the UNEP platform providing financiers with the tools, support, and global network needed to conceive and manage investments in the complex and rapidly changing marketplace for clean energy technologies.


Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2010.

Analysis of Trends and Issues in the Financing of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency



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