Julian Omidi examines the United Nations program to provide sustainable energy in order to help eradicate poverty. Julian Omidi looks at the benefits that this program could offer the world, especially those living in poverty.
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has organized an initiative referred to as the Sustainable Energy for All project. The goal of this global initiative is to be able to provide all citizens of the world with access to sustainable energy services while also improving the global rate of energy efficiency and increasing renewable energy.
Why are these goals so important to the betterment of our global society? Currently, roughly 20% of people around the world do not have access to modern energy services. It is estimated that as many as 3 billion people worldwide rely on energy sources such as animal waste, wood, coal, and charcoal for heating and cooking. What many forget or take for granted is that energy sources power productivity and opportunity.
Providing the impoverished not just with reliable energy resources, but with those that are sustainable as well, will lead to a way out of poverty for billions of people as well as lead to a solution that will aid in decreasing environmental warming.
According to recent studies the initiative could assist in keeping the rise in global temperature below 2°C and could make a significant contribution in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. By making sure that the provision of energy is achieved through sustainable means it will also help to promote the Millennium Development Goals and help to move the world into a lower-carbon economy. 
Making energy affordable and available to all will have significant positive repercussions for the world. Help spread awareness of this initiative by sharing this article via your social media profiles and help the world achieve sustainable energy.
By Julian Omidi
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