Trends & Progress

  • Sustainable energy in developing countries often faces technical, informational, financial, and regulatory barriers. In pre-market conditions, as is the case in many of the poorest countries and communities, these barriers can act as an immediate setback.
  • Under these conditions, special attention is given to early market creation, through piloting new business models, promoting productive uses of energy and providing business development and incubation support. This support can lay the foundation for an emerging, functioning energy market, and has the greatest potential for poverty reduction and economic and human development.
  • Main principle: Leaving no one behind

Leaving no one behind:
Energy for humanitarian response and sustainable development

  • A broad coalition of governments, international organizations, businesses and civil society groups on Monday joined forces at the United Nations to call for and consider urgent action to address the substantial energy needs of refugees and displaced people worldwide. 

  • The assembled organizations agreed that access to clean and sustainable energy can transform broken lives, create empowering opportunities, and bridge the humanitarian-development divide by improving livelihoods, food security and nutrition, health, safety, education and the environment. At the event, the leaders committed to develop new partnerships, to share information, and to continue to meet to report on future progress on the integration of sustainable energy solutions into humanitarian responses.