Rio+20 is coming up next week, and frankly, it’s not receiving nearly enough attention from Western policymakers. Today, Timothy E. Wirth, President of the Better World Fund and the United Nations Foundation and a member of the Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, wrote in the Huffington Post that “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made sustainable development a priority and has proposed a global initiative on “Sustainable Energy for All.”” The Secretary-General has called on the world to support three “ambitious, but achievable,” objectives 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.
We all need to do our part to make sure that the world is inhabitable in 100 years. This can start with pressuring world leaders, policymakers, and lawmakers into recognizing and acting upon the initiatives that will make a difference in this world.
As Mr. Wirth mentioned, “Next week at Rio+20, the global community has the chance to make real progress toward a sustainable energy future. Governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and other groups will announce new commitments to action on Sustainable Energy for All that will bring us closer to “the future we want” — the slogan of Rio+20. This can be an important moment for leaders from across the world to join Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in supporting sustainable energy as the essential precondition to sustainable development, mitigation of climate change and achievement of the MDGs.”
To read his full post, please visit his Huffington Post article.