Press Release: UN Secretary-General welcomes European Commission’s Commitment to Sustainable Energy for All

Brussels, 16 April, 2012 — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the European Commission's Energizing Development Initiative to assist developing countries in providing access to sustainable energy for their populations. The initiative will seek to provide energy services to 500 million people by 2030.

PBS Newshour: 'Solar Suitcase' Sheds Light on Darkened Delivery Rooms

Watch the video clip of We Care Solar and their "Solar Suitcase" on PBS Newshour: "After witnessing the consequences of power outages in Nigeria's health facilities, obstetrician Dr. Laura Stachel came up with a solution: a suitcase containing elements to produce and store solar energy. Spencer Michels reports on the life-saving device that aims to reduce maternal mortality rates in the developing world."

Announcing Rio+Social: Social Media & Technology to Take Historic UN Conference to a Global, Digital Level

Washington, DC (March 14th, 2012) – As the world's attention turns to Rio+20, the UN's Conference on Sustainable Development taking place this June in Brazil, the organizations that produce the acclaimed Social Good Summit each fall in New York, announced today an innovative partnership and special event called Rio+Social. Rio+Social will take place on June 19th in Rio de Janeiro alongside the historic Rio+20 summit.

UN-Energy Chair Yumkella commends EU Leadership, calls for commitments to sustainable energy for all

BRUSSELS, 8 February 2012 - Kandeh K. Yumkella, Chair of UN-Energy, today announced a "Framework for Action" which will mobilize and facilitate commitments by governments, the private sector, and civil society towards achieving UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Ban’s initiative has set three interlinked targets to be achieved by 2030: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.