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Montreal, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 – During the Conference of Montreal, the NGO Right to Energy SOS Future today submitted to a senior UN representative, Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), a request for the establishment of a World Day of Sustainable Energy for All.

The request was made by Richard Perreault, president of the organization, at a seminar on access to energy, organized by the Conference of Montreal.

In the text accompanying the request, Right to Energy stressed that currently, 1.4 billion people do not yet have access to electricity.

The NGO noted that “access to sustainable energy is a contributing factor to growth and human development, and that there is a consensus among experts that all economic and social activities depend on the provision of sustainable energy.”

The NGO proposes that the UN, through its Secretary-General,  “designate a day as World Day of Sustainable Energy for All to be celebrated from 2015 until access to energy for all becomes a reality. “

The day would be devoted to practical activities aimed at achieving that objective and to providing an update on the progress made.

Right to energy SOS Future is based in Paris with a mandate to defend and promote energy for all. The president of the NGO is also president of the Syndicat des employée-es de métiers d’Hydro Québec (CUPE 1500).


Richard Perreault
President, Right to Energy SOS Future
514 943-8529

Lisa Djevahirdjian
CUPE Information