Secretary-General: Remarks at the International Centre for Small Hydro
9 July, Hangzhou
Delivered by Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for your warm welcome. It is a pleasure to visit this International Centre for small Hydro.
It is encouraging to see that strong cooperation between the Government of China and UN organizations has led to the establishment and successful operation of a global leader and influential steward for small hydro power.
I am pleased to see that so many of your partners have joined us.
Together, we can and must work to realize the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the world’s new framework for advancing peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.
The new Agenda is crystallized in 17 integrated and far-reaching Sustainable Development Goals. Here today, we are especially interested in Goal seven, which calls on us to secure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Energy is central to social and economic well-being. Yet across the world, 1.1 billion people have no access to electricity, while 2.9 billion have to cook with polluting, inefficient fuels such as firewood.
Without rapid progress on SDG 7, it will not be possible to deliver on the other goals.
I commend the work of the International Centre for Small Hydro in helping to provide resources and expertise in promoting affordable, environmentally friendly renewable source of energy in developing countries. The centre and its partners are good examples of how organisations can form partnerships through south-south cooperation to help achieve the sustainable development goals. Innovative trilateral cooperation projects, such as the Renewable Energy Technology Transfer project is a good examples of your centre’s dedication to supporting goal number 17.
Your efforts are very much in keeping with my own Sustainable Energy for All initiative that I have championed during my tenure as Secretary-General. They also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.
China faces severe environmental threats, including water, air and ground pollution. The knowledge China has gained over the years in addressing these challenges has immense value to a wide range of developing countries. Therefore I am encouraged to see China using its technological capacity, knowhow and policy experience to address these challenges in ways that help China, deepen South-South cooperation and bring benefits for the world. The International Centre for Small Hydro is a good example of how China and the United Nations can work together to promote South-South Cooperation.
Thank you again for working in partnership here in Hangzhou and around the world.