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Energy for the poor : the missing link for achieving the MDGs

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Abstract: This paper calls for universal access to energy as a development objective that is not only necessary to achieve all of the widely recognized Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but it is also indispensible for 3 billion energy poor whose socio-economic and environmental progress towards sustainable human development is jeopardized by the lack of access to modern energy services. While there is no explicit mention of energy in the MDGs, none of the goals can be achieved without access to adequate, affordable, and reliable energy services. Strong political commitment-from both the North and the South-is critical to move beyond the ‘business-as-usual’ approach to energy and address the challenges of energy access, sustainability and security head on. The authors call for urgent action towards achieving universal access to modern energy services on the premise of five evidence-based priority actions. The United Nations MDG Summit in September 2010 to be held in UN Headquarters in NY provides a unique opportunity for galvanizing political commitment and for spurring collective action to address energy challenges and to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs by 2015.
Authors: Seyedi, B. , Takada, M.
Category: General
End Page: 22
Serial number: 1
ISSN: [2210-2175]
Volume: I
Journal: Spanda Journal : quarterly of the Spanda Foundation
Keywords: energy resources , sustainable development , climate change , poverty
Language: eng
Organization: Spanda Foundation
Year: 2010
Right: © 2010 Spanda Foundation
Subject: Environment and Natural Resources
Start Page: 17
Title: Energy for the poor : the missing link for achieving the MDGs