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  • May 10, 2007

    The Under Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator noted the billions who live without access to basic energy services and their resultant entrenchment in poverty. He spoke about the nexus between the achievement of the MDGs and the positive impact of that thrust towards alleviating the poverty entrenchment while mitigating climate change issues.

  • Energy Services to achieve the MDGs and to alleviate poverty in the LAC region
    Feb 23, 2010

    This joint initiative of the ECLAC, UNDP, and the club de Madrid reaffirms the importance of energy access in poverty reduction of the most vulnerable groups and achieving the MDGs in the Latin America and the Caribbean. The report recommends strengthening governmental planning and processes to scaling up pro-poor programmers for the provision of energy access in rural communities.

  • Jan 14, 2010

    This expert report highlights the need to bridge the divide between climate change and poverty reduction through innovative energy technologies and to bring about transformational impacts to address these dual challenges. The report argues that providing financing for innovative ideas, low-cost, low-emission, and pro-poor technologies are effective measures to harness their potential.

  • Jul 1, 2005

    The UN-Energy paper focuses on the importance of energy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was drafted collectively by the United Nations (UN) agencies, programmes and organizations working in the area of energy, reflecting their insights and expertise.

  • May 1, 2007

    The document focuses on integrating access to modern energy services into regional and national policies and policy tools. It presents the experience of three African Regional Economic Councils and concludes that the work in developing a political consensus on access to energy has laid the foundations for energy infrastructure investments and expansion of energy service delivery for the poor.

  • 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.

  • Solar Photovoltaics in Africa: Experiences with Financing and Delivery Models
    May 1, 2004

    The second issue of the UNDP/GEF "Lessons for the Future" series focuses on solar PV. It explores questions about the best ways to make PV solar systems accessible, affordable, and sustainable to rural people in developing countries keeping in mind the constraints, opportunities, and risks prevailing in each region and country.

  • Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings
    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.

  • Oct 1, 2004

    The paper proposes that while there is no MDG specific to energy, it will be impossible to achieve the Goals without improving the quality and quantity of energy services. The paper notes that for UNDP, the types of energy services, rather than energy supplies, are highly critical to the achievement of the MDGs.

  • Thematic Trust Fund on Energy for Sustainable Development – 2004 Report
    Oct 1, 2005

    The energy fund has been instrumental in linking country-level demand for energy services with wider development assistance discussions, expanding public-private partnerships, and better positioning UNDP on energy and the MDGs. The report assesses the fund's outputs and impacts and represents the 2004 assessment of the Energy TTF.

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