Leaving No One Behind: Energy for Humanitarian Response and Sustainable Development

September 18, 2016   |   New York, USA

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HIGH-LEVEL EVENT on the eve of the UN SUMMIT ON REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS
12.00-14.00

Delegates Dining Room, UN Headquarters

CO-HOSTS: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
PARTNERS: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, IKEA Foundation, Moving Energy Initiative,
Schneider Electric and UN-Energy

In September 2016, world leaders will gather for the United Nations General Debate to discuss, among
other, the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda’s commitment to leaving no-one behind, and its specific references to
people affected by humanitarian emergencies, presents a common framework under which
humanitarian and development actors can work closely together to ensure the safety, dignity, and
ability to thrive for the most vulnerable, while pursuing sustainable development for all.

The 2030 Agenda also set a historic first-ever universal energy goal, to ‘Ensure access to affordable,
reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’. Today, more than 14 per cent of the world’s population
lack electricity, while nearly 40 per cent cook using harmful solid fuels. 80 per cent of refugees and
displaced people in camps have minimal access to energy, which leads to raised health and security
risks, restricted economic education opportunities, and environmental degradation.

Held on the eve of the special United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants 19 September, and in
the margins of the UN General Debate, this high-level event will focus on how sustainable energy can
improve health, enable education, empower women and increase economic output for the more than
125 million people affected by humanitarian crises. It also will show how sustainable energy builds long term resilience to mitigate future crises, including those resulting from climate change, and create
foundations for expanding opportunities for all.


Leaders from governments, the UN, business, civil society, and organizations will come together to:

  • Share life stories and show real examples of how energy solutions change vulnerable people’s lives.
  • Promote and bolster action networks, such as the Moving Energy Initiative and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
  • Demonstrate opportunities for governments and corporate actors’ involvement in providing new solutions, technologies, business models and investments that give access to clean and affordable energy, and increase the health, well-being, and prosperity of the 3 billion energy poor in the world.

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