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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Energy: A Brief Discussion on Goals, Targets and Indicators

Publication Year: 2014 Publisher: UN-Energy


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Sustainable Energy is a key enabler of sustainable development for all countries and all people. Energy is vital for alleviating poverty, improving human welfare and raising living standards. Energy has been a central concern to humankind throughout its long history. The adequate provision of energy services has become especially important for economic development since the industrial revolution. Providing energy services at affordable costs, in a secure and environmentally benign manner, and in conformity with the needs for social and economic development is an essential element for poverty eradication and sustainable development. Countries will not be able to achieve their development goals without full access to reliable and affordable modern sustainable energy services.