Unsustainable patterns of energy production and consumption threaten not only human health and quality of life but also affect ecosystems and contribute to climate change. Sustainable energy, therefore, can be an engine for poverty reduction, social progress, equity, enhanced resilience, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.
UNDP supports and advocates for an energy sector market transformation, and does this through a range of interventions on policy, finance, capacity development and awareness creation. By encouraging investments that help deliver sustainable energy products and services, and de-risking the policy and financial environment, UNDP is helping to develop the socio-economic context by which sustainable energy can be possible, viable and practical.
Over the past 20 years, UNDP has supported over 120 developing and middle income countries with comprehensive programs focusing on energy access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. At the global and regional levels, UNDP has been advocating for sustainable energy in the context of broader development and poverty eradication efforts and is recognized as a senior partner of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.
What does a brighter future look like?
1.3 billion people wordwide live without electricity. That's more than 1 in 5 people around the globe. You can take #action4energy to help make energy accessible to all.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made sustainable energy one of his five priorities that will guide his second 5-year term. Specifically, he will direct the United Nations to extend energy’s reach in order to combat endemic poverty.
This document, prepared for the G20, aims to provide host country governments with guidance on the policy options that are available to make the most of investment opportunities in clean energy infrastructure, drawing on the collective expertise of the climate and investment communities among others.
Policies and national programmes must be drastically enhanced to tackle in any significant way energy poverty. This cannot be done effectively without a clear understanding of the energy access situation in countries.
- 03 Aug 2015:Helen Clark: Statement on President Obama’s Clean Power Plan
- 09 Jun 2015:Helen Clark: Speech at the Opening Session of the High Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015
- 09 Jun 2015:Helen Clark: Opening Speech at UNDP side event on The Critical Importance of Water for Sustainable Development and the SDGs