In order to spur economic growth, address global inequities and preserve the environment, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, which sets three targets to be achieved by 2030: to ensure universal access to modern energy services; to double energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The year 2012 has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

High-level participants at the Brussels launch included Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General and co-Chair of Secretary-General Ban’s high-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All; Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner; Grace Mukasa, East African Director of Practical Action; Stephen Leonard, CEO IBM; Norbert Neuser, MEP and Member of the International Development Committee; and Måns Nilsson, Deputy Director and Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute.

A recent message from Yumkella regarding the event:
<i>"On behalf of the organising partners of the European roll-out of the UN Year of Sustainable Energy for All, we would like to thank you for your engagement.

For all those who attended, we hope the event provided you with an insight into the year to come and demonstrated the importance of bringing together diverse stakeholders to take action."</i>

For those who did not attend the roll-out in Brussels, please visit the UN Sustainable Energy for All website to view the video-stream from the session: