Most of the Sustainable Development Goals rely on access to energy, says Marcel Alers, global head of energy at the United Nations Development Programme. Development experts agree, saying that energy access is key to development, especially when complemented by other infrastructure programs.
Great strides have been made against extreme poverty, but much remains to be done -- and today's generation has the capability, writes Erik Solheim, United Nations Development Programme special envoy for environment, conflict and disaster. Solheim emphasizes the importance of taxes and anti-corruption programs for funding anti-poverty initiatives.
Developing countries experienced an 11% increase in the gap between poor and rich between 1990 and 2010, the United Nations Development Programme says in a report. If this gap isn't closed, it could lead to societal unrest, UNDP warns.
United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark says it's critical that post-2015 development goals tackle climate change. "Climate change is seen as one of the biggest challenges. Its impact affects the poorest people the most," Clark said.
Africa is experiencing growth, but challenges remain, says Pedro Conceicao of the United Nations Development Programme. "I would hope that all partners would stand side by side with Africa as equals in supporting the continent to seize this opportunity," he says.