"Energy is central to everything we do. It's the thread that connects economic growth, social equity and a healthy environment". This is how United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon explained the UN's decision to declare the decade 2014-2024 as the International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.
From May 18th. to 21st. at the UN Headquarters the international community met for the second annual forum of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) programme, which since the Decade was declared, has been committed to involve as many members of the international community as possible, between governments, companies and associations, in initiatives aimed at filling the so-called energy divide that still affects more than 1.3 billion of the world's inhabitants, who still lack regular and constant access to energy.
Enel has played a central role at the SE4ALL event in New York with speeches from Enel Green Power CEO Francesco Venturini and the Head of Sustainability, Innovation and Stakeholders Engagement Marina Migliorato. Centered on the theme "Funding sustainable energy for all", the SE4ALL annual assembly was an occasion to present the Group's initiatives, starting from the Enabling Electricity programme, with the results achieved over the last few years to reduce the energy divideand the aim of raising to five million the amount of beneficiaries of Enel's global initiative by 2019.
Enel is the only utility in the world to take part in the Board of SE4ALL with its CEO Francesco Starace. And for the Group this possibility is an honour to which over the years it has responded by promoting projects that combine innovation, know-how and experience in achieving distribution infrastructure and generation plants apt to meet the highly complex conditions of even isolated rural areas such as the Andean villages, or difficult environments like the Latin American deserts.
"SE4ALL has set for itself highly ambitious medium-long term objectives - said Venturini - such as ensuring access to modern energy services to billions of people without affecting climate change. These objectives are not easy to achieve, but thanks to the United Nations' commitment and the active involvement of policy makers and major stakeholders we are creating the premises to facilitate the funding of new projects and the transition towards a more sustainable model".
The activities of the SE4ALLforum have been an occasion to also host at the United Nations the first Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue to reaffirm the intention, expressed by the international community at the Rio+20 Summit to "turn access to sustainable energy for all into reality".