Featured publications

  • Jun 1, 2004

    The report is a compilation of case studies and lessons from UNDP projects in the region. The publication highlights the role of energy in poverty reduction and advancing the achievement of the MDGs. Key lessons about participatory approaches, technology choices and policy options are summarized in the report.

  • Oct 19, 2007

    The guideline is a part of UNDP's series, "Gender Mainstreaming: a Key Driver of Development in Environment & Energy." It looks at why gender is relevant to policymaking and programming in the area of sustainable energy services.

  • Jun 6, 2006

    This is the executive summary of a seminar hosted by UNDP with support from ITDG, USEPA, and WTO. The aim of the seminar was to raise awareness among country governments and UN agencies on the health impacts of indoor air pollution from household energy use, and to promote global action to reduce people's exposure to this substantial environmental health risk.

  • Nov 15, 2010

    To increase the adoption of energy-efficient investments and behaviors in buildings, public policies are necessary to eliminate barriers that discourage stakeholders from pursuing energy efficiency. The report aims to help policymakers wishing to initiate or develop policies promoting energy efficiency in buildings to assess the most efficient mix of policy measures for a given environment.

  • Mar 1, 2005

    The document is a compilation of frequently asked questions about the multifunctional platform (MFP). It contains information about the role of energy services in poverty reduction, linkage between rural energy services and MDGs, MFPs and MDGs, scaling up MFPs, and policy issues.

  • Feb 15, 2011

    UNDP, UNEP and UNIDO presented the UN Energy Access Facility (UN-EAF) framework, explained complements to other initiatives and discussed next steps to representatives from donors, private sector, and development organizations. The UN-EAF, un-veiled at the 2010 MDG Summit is expected to officially launch by the latter half of 2011, in conjunction with the Global Campaign on Energy Access launch.

  • Nov 1, 2005

    The report underscores the importance of energy services for the MDG agenda, stressing three types of services in particular: modern fuels for cooking and heating; electricity for public services; and motive power for productive uses in communities. The report offers practical recommendations for energy planning exercises.

  • Nov 1, 2006

    The report examines to what degree energy-poverty dynamics are reflected in the current policies and plans set forth in national poverty reduction strategies. It reveals a lack of energy targets and a low level of energy investments in the Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks of PRSPs, indicating that too many countries could fall short of delivering the energy services required to reach the MDGs.

  • Jan 9, 2007

    The article, part of a New York Times series, examines ways in which the world is, and is not, moving toward a more energy efficient future. It explains that while renewable sources have made some inroads, government subsidies for diesel, kerosene and other fossil fuels have held down prices in many developing countries and made it harder to introduce renewable energy technologies.

  • Jan 14, 2010

    This brochure calls for an equitable post-2012 climate change deal that addresses climate change and poverty reduction concerns in an integrated manner. It underlines the opportunity for collaboration on practical solutions to support the poorest countries out of poverty through low-emission routes to growth, energy access, and building greater resilience to climate-related natural disasters.

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