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Between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with access to electricity has increased by 1.7 billion, and as the global population continues to rise so will the demand for cheap energy. A global economy reliant on fossil fuels, and the increase of greenhouse gas emissions is creating drastic changes to our climate system. This is impacting every continent.

Efforts to encourage clean energy has resulted in more than 20 percent of global power being generated by renewable sources as of 2011. But still one in five people lack access to electricity, and as the demand continues to rise there needs to be a substantial increase in the production of renewable energy across the world.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Adopting cost-effective standards for a wider range of technologies could also reduce the global electricity consumption by buildings and industry by 14 percent. This means avoiding roughly 1,300 mid-size power plants. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.   

Goals in action

UNDP in Indonesia

Reza Rahadian and Eva Celia Bringing Water for Life in East Sumba

Reza Rahadian and Eva Celia as UNDP SDGs Movers visited Napu village in East Sumba to present the result of Bring Water for Life, UNDP Indonesia’s first crowdfunding campaign. The fund collected from the campaign is used to build a solar water pump in Napu by KOPPESDA, an NGO partner based in East Sumba, with supervision from UNDP Indonesia. MORE >

UNDP in Indonesia

Lights for Elar: Partnership for Sustainable Development

East Nusa Tenggara is one of the poorest provinces in Indonesia. Less than 60% of the population have access to electricity. A partnership between UNDP Indonesia and Bank NTT managed to support the initiative by civil society organizations to build micro-hydro power plants—a sustainable solution to the local needs. MORE >

UNDP Global

Solar empowerment across countries

Reliable access to water is critical for farmers everywhere, but, for many in developing countries grappling with poverty, unemployment, insufficient infrastructure and environmental degradation, climate change brings additional pressure. MORE >

UNDP in India

India and UNDP: Partnering to Leave No One Behind

UNDP is committed to supporting the Government of India in its vision to leave no one behind. Watch how. MORE >

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