Since he was tapped by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to co-lead his global energy access initiative, UNIDO Director General, Kandeh Yumkella, has never missed an opportunity to underscore why access to energy is vital to the world’s poorest...it is also the reality that if business as usual continues, the poorest of the poor suffer. Africa will lose 50% of yields from its crops, Bangladesh and Vietnam will lose about 25% of their low-lying areas.
As a friend of mine sometimes says: ?Everyone will have a room in climate hell.”
...And meanwhile we see that solutions are available. The Ashden Awards are also about partnerships. If the UK is green and the rest of us are not green, the net effect is zero, we’ll still hit 4 degrees and we’ll all perish. It has to reach across the world. Some of you have solutions, some of you have finance, you’ve got to help the rest of the world access that. You know in the next 20 years, 45-50% increase in energy demand is projected. Most of it ? around 70% ? will be in developing countries. If you don’t share technologies, if good technologies can’t be financed, yes, climate change will worsen.
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