Accelerating the energy transition in landlocked developing countries

Accelerating the energy transition in landlocked developing countries

NEW YORK, 12 July 2018 - The 32 landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), with a total population of more than 480 million people, face development challenges resulting from their lack of access to the sea and their remoteness and isolation from world markets. Investment in energy infrastructure underpins the ability of LLDCs to structurally transform their economies and boost their trade potential.

How to effectively utilize the multi-stakeholder environment to accelerate the energy transition in LLDCs and so meet Sustainable Development Goal 7 on access to modern and clean energy was the issue discussed at a side event during the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The event was organized by the Governments of Austria and Paraguay, the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll).

The discussion was moderated by Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary General at UN-OHRLLS, and included the sharing of experiences of representatives of Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Nepal.

In his remarks, Tareq Emtairah, Director of UNIDO’s Department of Energy, said that UNIDO is helping to accelerate the energy transition using the Climate Technology Centre and Network, the Private Financing Advisory Network, and the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres.

For more information, please contact:

Tareq Emtairah

Director of Department of Energy, UNIDO