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Nicaragua praised as a’ green energy model for the world’

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 1 August 2014 |

Ban Ki-moon at the Camilo Ortega wind farm in Rivas that will reduce greenhouse emissions by 100,000 tons of CO2 annually

Ban Ki-moon at the Camilo Ortega wind farm in Rivas that will reduce greenhouse emissions by 100,000 tons of CO2 annually

During his visit to Nicaragua on 29 July, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon praised Nicaragua’s contribution towards achieving peace and sustainable development in the region.

In particular, he singled out the country’s poverty reduction programmes and forward looking renewable energy programmes. ….’the very strong constant wind, long summers and hydro mean unlimited resources for modern energy critical to eradicating extreme poverty, promoting education and health programmes, and human dignity.’ He also pointed out that ’clinics and hospitals can be much more effective in saving lives. When the streets are fully lit at night, it can reduce violence against women and children can study.

Inter American Bank (IDB) president, Luis Alberto Moreno who also visited Nicaragua, praised the country as a model for the world on the shift to green energy.’ He compared the situation to eight years ago when “I remember coming to Nicaragua for the first time as president of the IDB. Half the country did not have power and where it had it, it wasn’t available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It was costly, and above all it wasn’t clean energy.”