The President of GOGLA, Harry Verhaar, held a presentation at the opening ceremony of the UN 2015 International Year of Light on 19th of January, in Paris.
Mr. Verhaar pointed the attention of the audience to the issue of energy access, which affects some 1.3 billion people globally, and the transformative role that off-grid solar energy could have in these people's lives.
About the International Year of Light
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). This initiative will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners.
The International Year of Light has the purpose of raising the global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. An important aim throughout the year will be to promote the use of portable solar-powered high-brightness LED lanterns in regions where there is little or no reliable source of light.