The Global Conference on “Scaling-up Energy Access and Finance in Least Developed Countries”

Least developed countries (LDCs) have made considerable progress in increasing access to electricity. While the average global electrification rate reached 87.4 per cent in 2016, the average access to electricity across LDCs hovered as low as 44.8 per cent, and more than half of the 1 billion people in the world without electricity live in LDCs. Reaching universal access to modern energy in LDCs by 2030 captures an opportunity for transformative change that will end energy poverty and contribute to reaching almost all Sustainable Development Goals in LDCs.

Yet, this will require massive investment and a rapid change in action within the next years. Technological advances continue to generate new solutions and clean, green energy is more affordable and competitive than ever. If these advancements are combined with increased investments, least developed countries have a real opportunity to achieve SDG7 by 2030 and contribute to climate change action.

To discuss this topic, UN-OHRLLS and Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organisation (GEIDCO) are jointly organizing the Global Conference on “Scaling-up Energy Access and Finance in Least Developed Countries”, that will take place from 30 to 31 May 2019 (tbc), in Beijing, China.

Supported by the UN system, including regional commissions and development banks, the conference will witness the participation of LDC representatives and their development partners, private sector partners from both the energy and investment sector, as well as relevant foundations and civil society.

The Global Conference is funded by the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (ASD) Sub-Fund of the United Nations Peace and Development Fund (UNPDF).


For the Concept note, please click here

Background documents:

1- UN Report on “Accelerating SDG 7 Achievement, Policy Brief 23 (Achieving SDG7 in LDCS, LLDCS and SIDS)”:

2- UN-OHRLLS Report on “Promoting Investment for Energy ACCESS in least Developed Countries”: