The launch will form part of a Scottish Government event coinciding with the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, at which delegates from across the Commonwealth will discuss issues around trade, aid and access to sustainable energy.
Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s International Development Minister, and Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Environment Minister, will welcome the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative of SE4ALL and Chief Executive of the initiative, Dr Kandeh Yumkella, as well as UK International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone, to speak at the event.
Dr Yumkella will deliver the keynote address at the Royal College of Surgeons to launch the Decade.
The first two years of the Decade will focus on the importance of Energy for Women and Children’s Health and Economic Empowerment and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) will take the lead on this element of the initiative.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “Scottish Ministers are honoured that the UN has selected Glasgow for the European launch of this global initiative and consider this an endorsement of the Scottish Government’s own actions to increase access to sustainable energy in Malawi and other sub-Saharan countries.
“The European launch will be a platform for Ministers to highlight and build on Scotland’s reputation as a world leader in renewable energy and climate change policy.”