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The World Energy Outlook in the Energy & Development debate

It is an alarming fact that today - in the 21st century - billions of people lack access to the most basic energy services: 1.3 billion people are denied access to electricity around the world and 2.7 billion people rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking. Lack of access to modern energy services is a serious hindrance to economic and social development and must be overcome if the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be achieved.

The World Energy Outlook has devoted attention to the topic of energy and development for many years, developing databases and analyses. In order to inform the debate about how to overcome energy poverty, the WEO has provided energy-poverty data, quantitative analysis and projections for energy use in developing countries. The WEO evaluates energy poverty in the global energy context to inform OECD governments, industry, the private sector and financial institutions.

WEO-2011 excerpt:  "Energy for all - Financing access for the poor"

On 10 October, IEA Executive Director Ms. Maria van der Hoeven and IEA Chief Economist Dr. Fatih Birol launched a special early excerpt of the 2011 World Energy Outlook, entitled “Energy for All: financing access for the poor”. The report, which tackles the critical issue of financing the delivery of universal modern energy access, has been released to coincide with a high-level international conference on financing energy access hosted by the government of Norway and co-organised with the IEA. The Conference was attended by the UN  Secretary-General  Mr. Ban Ki Moon, several Heads of State and Ministers, as well as private sector and civil society organisations.

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 Previous contributions of the WEO to the debate are:       

      The full series of Energy & Poverty in the WEO series:

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For further information, please contact weo@iea.org indicating energy poverty in the subject line