Minoru Takade on how energy poverty could hinder MDG progress

by Julie Mollins | @jmollins | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 23:41 GMT
More than 20 percent of the world's population live without electricity, a factor which could lead to eight millennium development goals under discussion at the United Nations this week not being realized, according to a new joint report undertaken by the International Energy Agency, the U.N. Development Programme and the U.N Industrial Development Organisation.

UNITED NATIONS (AlertNet) - More than 20 percent of the world's population live without electricity, a factor which could lead to eight millennium development goals under discussion at the United Nations this week not being realized, according to a new joint report undertaken by the International Energy Agency, the U.N. Development Programme and the U.N Industrial Development Organisation.

Minoru Takade, head of the U.N. Development Programme sustainable energy programme, spoke to AlertNet about how access to electricity improves standard of living and benefits socio-economic development.

Eight "millennium development goals" were set by the U.N. in 2000 in a bid to improve the standard of living for the world's poor by a target date of 2015.

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