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Energy and Climate Changes

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“The United Nations [2] system has responded to the challenges and to the opportunities in the [3]energy system with numerous programs and projects, the need for a strong and focused engagement is now clearer than ever before. It is unacceptable that that a third humanity has no access to modern energy services and half of humanity has no rely on traditional biomass for meeting their basic needs. Eliminating energy poverty is of paramount importance in eradicating poverty” said Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella [4], head of UNIDO [4], Chair of UN-Energy and AGECC during a press event about the UN report „Energy and Climate Changes AGECC” which was jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs [5].

The event took place last Wednesday, 19 May, in the Hofburg’s Kleiner Redoutensaal in Vienna and attended by many ambassadors, diplomats, and representative of international organizations. The conference was attended by journalists from the local and international media in Vienna.

The speakers at the press event were Austrian Foreign Minister Dr. Michael Spindelegger [6], the head of the UNIDO Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella [4], the General Secretary of the Association of Austrian Electricity Companies Dr. Ulrike Baumgartner-Gabitzer [7], the President of Suntech for the Europe region, Jerry Stokes [8], and Professor Nebojsa Nakicenovic [9], deputy director of the international institute for applied systems analysis (IIASA), director of the global energy assessment (GEA) and professor of energy economics at the Vienna University of Technology.

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The speekers at Energy and Climate Changes "AGECC" press conference.

The report, “Energy for a Sustainable Future”, prepared by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s [11] Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), calls for expanding energy access to more than two billion people, and for scaling up efforts to increase energy efficiency and clean energy efforts to meet the climate challenge and realize the Millennium Development Goals.

Minister Spindelegger and Dr. Baumgartner-Gabitzer presented the Austrian vision, the key [12]energy report, in Vienna. Spindelegger demanded to “expand Vienna into a competence center for renewable energy”. He stated: “Vienna, as the seat of major international energy organizations, and Austria with its comprehensive know-how in the area of renewable energy can make decisive contributions to this process. Vienna has established itself as a hub in an international energy network. I intend to make increasing use of this potential in the future in close partnership with UNIDO, the UN’s competence centre in the promotion of renewable energy“. (Click on pictures to see them bigger).

The UN demands that all people are allowed access to renewable energy sources by the year 2030, while reducing the worldwide energy intensity by 40 percent. Furthermore, the United Nations should make the issue of energy an institutional priority, by integrating and mainstreaming it into all relevant programmes, and by regularly reviewing the achievement of objectives in the area of energy access and energy efficiency. Another proposal is the establishment of a regular global dialogue on “Energy for sustainable development” and the strengthening of “UN Energy”.