Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:08
A Civil Society Call
GERES joins a group of 70 civil society organisations from Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, to call on EU leaders to commit to eradicating energy poverty and achieving universal energy access by 2030. With a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, as the region most acutely affected, the group calls for increased political will to deliver energy for all and the quantity and quality of EU funding to make this a reality.
Energy access is central to poverty reduction and sustainable Development. Whilst under-prioritised for decades, a global consensus is emerging which recognises the importance of sustainable energy access for the well-being of the world’s people, the future of the global economy, and the preservation of our planet. It is now widely accepted that energy access for all is central to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
As the largest contributor of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the world and with its global political influence, the EU is uniquely positioned to become a global leader in the movement towards universal energy access in 2012 and beyond. As civil society, GERES and its partners look forward to working with the EU on this important agenda and contributing to the achievement of Energy Access for All by 2030.
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