United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Children & Youth

Open Working Group 5: Energy
November 26, 2013
Thank you Mr. Cochair,
The Major Group of Children and Youth supports Sustainable Development Goals with sufficient
ambition to meet environmental, economic and social challenges, including those design for
addressing energy challenges. Unless there are significant changes to the ways that we produce
and consume about 50% more primary energy has to be made available by 2035. Such
increases would have farreaching
implications for natural resources. We support multiple calls
made today about the importance of access and efficiency when talking about an energy goal.
We were very excited to hear the proposals from Mr Yumkella and agree with his suggestions.
With this in mind, we support a goal that promotes energy access and efficiency accompanied
by outreach campaigns targeted at changing users’ behaviours.
To build upon the Secretary General’s ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative, we would like to
reiterate the goals established by Agenda 21 and the JPOI. These targets can be achieved by
promoting the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency technologies. Adequate
financial resources, divestment tools and technology sharing mechanisms must be made
available to all.
Examples of targets include:
a. Achieving universal access to affordable and efficient energy services in all countries.
b. Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy and resource efficiency from 1.2% to 2.4%
per annum.
c. Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global mix from 15% to 30%.
d. Establishing expert energy planning tools to coordinate development cooperation and
measure improvement,
We also invite Member States to recognize that energy does not exists within a silo and that
considerations associated with the waterenergyfood
security nexus should be reflected in the
development agenda. For example, nexus thinking would address the energy intensity
of desalination, water demands in renewable energy production or energy demands associated
with the production of food.