Upon his arrival to the country on July 29, the first stop of his Central American tour, Ban Ki-moon highlighted the United Nation’s interest in Nicaragua’s promotion of renewable energy projects and sustainable economic development. During his visit, the Secretary-General met with the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and other government representatives, and visited the wind energy plant “Camilo Ortega Saavedra” in the department of Rivas.
“I am excited to see the efforts Nicaragua is making in relation to renewable energy and their progress in this field”, stated Ban Ki-moon. Currently, Nicaragua generates 52 percent of its electricity from renewable resources; the Government has the goal of generating 74 percent by 2018.
The Secretary-General also congratulated Nicaragua for promoting social inclusion through a 50 percent of women representation in the government, “something that exists in just two countries around the world”, Ban Ki-moon highlighted. Nicaragua has the 10th narrowest gender gap in the world according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report published by the World Economic Forum.