The UN Secretary General has praised Scotland for its “deep commitment” to sustainable energy.
Ban Ki Moon wrote to the Scottish First Minister to invite the country to deepen its international engagement on the sustainable energy agenda.
In the letter, the Secretary General acknowledged Scotland is in an “excellent position” to play a strong role in efforts to find lasting solutions to the world’s pressing energy challenges.
The comments come as ministers from around the world meet in Rio de Janeiro this week for the UN Summit on Sustainable Development.
Stewart Stevenson, Scotland’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change said countries must begin taking sustainable development into their own hands.
He said: “We must find durable solutions to the world’s energy and climate challenges and governments, the private sector, NGOs and individuals need to work together on a global scale to find them. The UN will have a key role in this, but individual governments must play their part.”