Energy for the poor: A king’s legacy

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[Universal energy access) is set to be a standalone goal in the new post-2015 agenda – the Sustainable Development Goals. King Abdulla has been instrumental in this achievement. He passed away January 2014 and more than a nation grieved for the man whose legacy of “energy for the poor” continues to light the lives of million around the globe. (Source: OFID Quarterly, April 2o15)  

The SDG 7 goal of universal energy access receives international recognition and has risen to the top of the development agenda led by the  UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. It includes governments, finance institutions and the private sector and civil society.

From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda

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My attention has been drawn to the blog written by Felix Dodds whose latest book entitled From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future [Felix Dodds, Jorge Laguna Celis and Liz Thompson]is now out, His next book (June 2014) is entitled The Plain Language Guide to Rio+20 and the New Development Agenda {Felix Dodds, Jorge Laguna Celis and Liz Thompson]. Also available  is  ONLY ONE EARTH: the Long Road via Rio to Sustainable Development [Felix Dodds, Michael Strauss with Maurice Strong]

His latest blog addresses the Economist article that was recently circulated as well as the financing of sustainable development that we will be discussing on Tuesday. You can read his blog on

Peter Lillie, Secretary