Vienna, 23 January 2019 - Increasing access to affordable and reliable sustainable energy is essential for long-term economic prosperity and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is with this goal in mind that the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, and the Executive Director of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), Marcus Wiemann, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) launching a partnership between the organisations.

ARE is an international business association that activates markets for sustainable decentralized energy solutions for rural people in low to middle income countries. UNIDO is the UN agency tasked with promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and increasing access to reliable, affordable and clean energy is an essential part of its mandate. Under this new partnership, the two organisations will collaborate on programmes and projects which promote sustainable energy financing, technologies and solutions globally.

“We are very proud to enter into this partnership, as the most effective approach to achieve universal energy access is through win-win collaborations between the private and public sectors. By working together, UNIDO and ARE demonstrate their leadership in the fight against energy poverty,” said Marcus Wiemann, Executive Director of ARE.

The organisations will develop policy recommendations for decision makers in Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as encourage the creation of renewable energy associations and clean technology clusters at the national and regional levels.

UNIDO’s Director General, LI Yong, said, “It gives me great pleasure to announce this partnership. UNIDO and ARE will work together to empower young and female entrepreneurs to devise, test and widely spread innovative clean energy solutions that are accessible and affordable for all layers of population. The partnership and the results that it aims for will help bring us closer towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and promise to leave no one behind.”

The announced cooperation also includes the convening of global and regional debates between business and governments as well as the dissemination and promotion of knowledge exchange on latest technology innovations.