Next month, the United Nations will reconvene to assess progress on the
Millennium Development Goals (MDG) set in 2000. These eight goals are
about ending hunger and poverty, educating women and children, providing
health care and doing it sustainably. It's a tall task.
GENI has researched the impact that electricity has on a developing society.
Our findings indicate significant change for a rural family and village.
Even small amounts of power will pump and filter water, provide refrigeration
of food and medicines, light the schoolhouse and health clinic. Our
study found that just 500 kilowatt-hours per year can elevate a family
out of basic poverty.
We think that many of the MDG can be attained by addressing the energy
needs of a region with special emphasis on using local renewable
energy resources. This month, we are contacting all 190 UN member
states with this proposal, asking them to make it a priority. (See attached
Just days ago, the UN Development Program Officer-in-Charge concurred
with the attached report:
The Energy Challenge: Acute energy problems
block progress on MDG, with 2.4 billion people lacking fuel, and 1.6 billion
While we live in comfort and style, only 8% of Africans have electricity
in their homes. The report highlights a UN project in rural Mali, West
Africa, where basic energy services are greatly improving their quality
of life. Can you imagine walking 4 miles every day for all your water
The upcoming MDG summit in New York is an opportunity to lift the lives
of millions. Please share this report with your local editors, and ask
them to cover the Millennium Assessment Summit. See: http://esa.un.org/un-energy/
We are lucky. We were born in the developed world. Those less fortunate
deserve our assistance and support.