CEB has highlighted the centrality of sustainable energy to the global debate on climate change and sustainable development. UN-Energy, which was established by the High-level Committee on Programmes in 2003, along with the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, had identified two key goals for 2030: to ensure access to modern energy services for all and to reduce energy intensity by 40 per cent.

During the reporting period, the work of CEB on energy was guided by General Assembly resolution 65/151, in which the Assembly designated 2012 as the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All. The resolution encourages Member States “to take advantage of the Year to increase awareness of the importance of addressing energy issues, including modern energy services for all, access to affordable energy, energy efficiency and the sustainability of energy sources and use, for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, sustainable development and the protection of the global climate, and to promote action at the local, national, regional and international levels”. The Assembly requested the Secretary-General to organize and coordinate the activities to be undertaken during the Year in consultation with relevant agencies within the United Nations system as well as UN Energy. CEB has committed its full support to the implementation of the resolution.

CEB has also considered the salient issues related to the system-wide response in support of conserving biodiversity. Examples of the work of CEB in that regard include supporting the mainstreaming of biodiversity in the activities of the United Nations system, as well as the coordinated and synergistic approaches to the implementation of the outcomes of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya.