Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Fløan Beisvåg.Photo: NorwayUN/Marte Fløan Beisvåg

Least Developed Countries call for global goal on energy

Last updated: 9/23/2013 // Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg was Monday Co-chairing a high-level meeting on sustainable energy for the world’s Least Developed Countries. The meeting’s message was clear: Sustainable energy need to be included in the development agenda after 2015. And efforts to increase access to energy should especially be intensified in the poorest countires.

More than a hundred years ago Norway was one of the poorest countries in Europe. Today Norway is one of the richest countries in the world. Energy has been essential for our development. Hydropower completely transformed our society,’ said Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.  

Monday’s meeting was initiated by Benin, as the current Chair of the LDC group, and Co-chaired by Prime Minister Stoltenberg, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe of Ethiopia. More than 20 Heads of State/Government and Ministers participated in the meeting, alongside high-ranking UN officials, business leaders, and civil society. The topic at hand; how to ensure sustainable energy for all in the world’s 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The many statements gave a clear call from some of the world’s most vunerable countries for including sustainable energy for all as a global goal in the post-2015 development agenda (after the current Millennium Development Goals end in 2015). This was also the conclusion of the Global Consultations and High-Level Meeting on Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held in Oslo 9 April, 2013.

Monday’s meeting was followed by a Communique, stressing the need for a global goal on sustainable energy for all, as well as the importance of taking the specific needs of the LDCs into account.

Prime Minister Stoltenberg’s statement:

Read more about the Sustainable Energy for All initative

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