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UN Secretary-General Names High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All

26 September 2011: The UN Secretary-General has appointed business, government and civil society leaders from around the world to serve on the newly created UN Secretary-General's High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL).

The Group was created ahead of the upcoming 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All and UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. The Group has been asked to help spur the doubling of the rate of progress on energy efficiency and share of renewable energy globally; double energy efficiency; and enable universal access to modern energy services.

The group will include International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director General Adnan Amin, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark. The high-level group will be co-chaired by Yumkella and the Chair of Bank of America Corporation, Charles O. Holliday. [IRENA Press Release][UNIDO Press Release]