Power to the Poor: Geopolitics, Development and Sustainable Energy for All

IIEA17th May 20162min
Access to sustainable, modern, and reliable energy services is central to addressing many of today’s global development challenges.

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About the Speech:

Access to sustainable, modern, and reliable energy services is central to addressing many of today’s global development challenges. These challenges include poverty, climate change, food security and health. However, nearly one third of humanity lacks access to modern energy services, according to the International Energy Agency

Dr. Bazilian presented the work of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which endeavours to achieve universal energy access in the developing world. Improving energy access to the world’s poorest countries will have many global benefits including strengthened economic growth, expanded social equity, increased geopolitical security and a cleaner environment.

 

About the Speaker:

Morgan Bazilian is Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector in areas ranging from fiscal policy, to systems analysis, to infrastructure investment, to market regulation and governance.

Dr. Bazilian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, and is a Research Associate at Cambridge University.  Dr. Bazilian also worked in the United Nations on energy access issues and was deeply engaged with the design and implementation of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Prior to this post, he worked in the Irish Government as Senior Advisor for the Energy Minister, a Member of the energy group at the IIEA, and was a manager at SEAI. He was also the European Union’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the international UNFCCC climate negotiations.