Access to reliable and affordable sustainable energy will be vital for the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region as they work towards transforming their economies and reducing poverty, according to a meeting of experts opening in Kathmandu on 22 March 2017.
Participants at the two day meeting will discuss ways in which the most vulnerable communities can accelerate and prioritize access to sustainable energy for the Asia-Pacific least developed countries. Significant opportunities exist for least developed countries to rapidly transition to low carbon economies focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency, despite this barriers to access exist including weak policy frameworks and limited national capacity.
The Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States was established 15 years ago. This special magazine reflects on progress made during the last decade and a half and looks forward to consider the future for the world’s vulnerable countries….
New York, 23 December 2016 – The United Nations General Assembly in New York officially established a Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries today. The new UN institution is viewed as a significant achievement for the development of science, technology and innovation in the world’s poorest countries.
The Technology Bank is intended to help least developed countries strengthen their science, technology and innovation capacities, foster the development of national and regional innovation ecosystems that can attract outside technology and generate homegrown research and take these advancements to market. Read more