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Side Event on Energy Access for Structural Transformation and Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries

21 February, 2018 @ 11:10 am - 11:40 am


LDCs are the countries where the deficits in access to modern energy are the greatest and therefore the difficulties of reaching Sustainable Development Goal 7 are the starkest. Facing this challenge means adopting a broad focus which caters for the needs not only of households, but also of producers (in agriculture, industry and services) and public services (hospitals, schools, streets, etc.), as well as paying special attention to rural areas. Reaching universal access to modern energy in LDCs by 2030 will require massive investments, strengthening international cooperation with LDCs in terms of finance, capacity-building and technology, exploiting the potential of new technologies (e.g. mini-grids, new forms of renewable energy) and strengthening institutional and regulatory capacities.

In light of the above, the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) together with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are co-organising a side event during the Global SDG7 Conference being held in Bangkok, Thailand (21-23 February) to discuss the primary challenges for LDCs to rapidly step up a sustainable energy transition towards SDG7 and the required actions by both LDCs and their development partners to achieve this transition.

Side Event Date and Venue 

  • Date: 21 February 2018,
  • Time: 11:10-11:40AM,
  • Venue: Meeting Room F
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21 February, 2018
11:10 am - 11:40 am


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