The representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) introduced a background note entitled “Towards universal access to energy” (CEB/2010/HLCP-XX/CRP.9). He recalled that the United Nations Secretary-General had established an Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change in June 2009 to address the interlinked problems of improved access to energy and the potential consequences for climate change of increased energy consumption, and to provide clear recommendations on energy issues in the context of climate change and sustainable development. The Advisory Group was chaired by Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General, who also led UN-Energy, with representation from the United Nations system, the private sector and research institutions. He noted that the Advisory Group and UN-Energy had worked closely together, maximizing synergies for greater impact and effectiveness.
The Committee thanked the UNIDO representative for his briefing and asked him to convey the Committee’s deep appreciation to Mr. Yumkella for his commitment and leadership. Committee members expressed their support for the implementation of the proposed activities to achieve the goals set by the Advisory Group in its report, and for the leading role of UN-Energy in this process.