As public and private sector commitments rained down on the UN initiative on Sustainable Energy For All yesterday, a short phrase about fossil fuels in the now-forgotten text of the Rio+20 agreement began to make its presence felt.
Leaders of the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative have held a press conference at Rio+20. Public-private partnerships are the model of the future, they say, and this is the biggest of all.
The UN has encouraged delegations to Rio+20 to make voluntary commitments to sustainable development. There are signs that the Sustainable Energy For All initiative may be a major beneficiary. How should we assess any announcements?