On Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Miroslav Lajcak, Slovakia’s Foreign Minister, as president of its 72nd session (2017-2018). Lajcak served as a three-term Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia.
Here is an important takeaway point from his acceptance speech:
SDGs & Climate Action– Prioritize addressing inequalities and helping the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).
UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All.
Chief Executive – Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, launched last September
(Current Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Chair, umbrella group, UN Energy)
Co-Chairs Advisory Board:
Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim
Advisory Board will provide strategic guidance to the work of the initiative. (Members will be drawn from the private sector, civil society, and governments)
Chair, Chairman of the Bank of America, Chad Holliday
The Executive Committee will provide operational oversight for the work of the Chief Executive. A global support team will be established to strengthen coordination among partners.
The four above elements are expected to draw in new partners and become a global network that can help transform the world’s energy systems, and the lives of billions of people. The initiative aims to provide more than 1 billion people with access to energy services through its lifespan.
Since its launch one year ago, the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative has attracted the voluntary participation of some 60 developing countries, mobilizing more than 50 billion from the private sector and investors and catalyzed hundreds of actions and commitments.