‘Sustainable Energy for All’ hub for Asia and Pacific was launched yesterday. It is aimed at mobilising investment and finding innovative ways to bring clean, modern energy to people in the region.
With the creation of the hub, the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) was formally launched during the course of ‘Asia Clean Energy Forum’ at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in partnership with the UNDP and ADB simultaneously launched a ‘Regional Hub’ to tackle energy issues at the country level.
It is estimated that 628 million people in the Asia-Pacific region – almost half the world’s energy poor – do not have access to electricity and more than 1.8 billion people are using traditional fuels, such as wood.