The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, on Wednesday pledged to work towards finding a solution to global energy poverty.
Mrs Ogunbiyi served for four years as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) before taking up the UN job.
In a statement to mark her assumption of UN duties, Mrs. Ogunbiyi promised to help global citizens embrace sustainable energy in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 7.
She said: “As we begin this new decade, we are far from achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 7 that promises sustainable energy for all.
“Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Around the world, close to a billion people are being robbed of the chance to live in a dignified, healthy way because they have no access to energy. This crisis has gone on for too long.
“Throughout my career, I have witnessed the transformative effect that bringing energy to people can have. I’ve seen how energy access can give children the chance for much better education, and for their parents to build prosperous, fulfilling lives.”
She noted that with just 10 years left to 2030, the challenge ahead is enormous.
The former REA boss added: “But we are ready to meet this challenge head-on. We will raise ambition. We will enable change on the ground. We will build networks and partnerships.
“We will gather accurate data on energy, and use it, to find the solutions to energy poverty and to also identify the vast opportunities for the private sector. And we will do this while putting real people at the heart of everything we do.”