LDC Journalists’ Call for Sustainable Energy at Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon

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Lisbon, 2 May 2018 – The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in cooperation with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) supported an initiative led by UN-OHRLLS, “LDC Journalist Competition” to promote inspiring stories on how sustainable energy positively impacts communities and individuals in the world’s Least Developed Countries.

Access to sustainable energy for all is one of the keys to achieving sustainable livelihoods. The stories on sustainable energy from around the world brought inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon, Portugal on 2-3 May 2018.

From improved cook-stoves to solar lighting, the stories shed light on the challenges and positive impacts of sustainable energy, in the daily lives of women, men and youth. The winning journalists were awarded at the Forum. To name a few, a Togolese journalist, Kossi Elom Balao explained how women in Togo bring solar energy and hope to farmers. A Senegalese journalist, Moussa Ngom called for a better solar equipment.

The LDC journalist competition helped uncover energy poverty and energy solutions in vulnerable countries and voiced to ensure that no country or person should be left behind in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The stories advanced the advocacy efforts aimed at raising awareness among a broad range of stakeholders on the acute energy situation in LDCs and accelerating their efforts towards achieving SDG 7.


More information and the full versions of stories can be retrieved at: http://unohrlls.org/voices-of-a-brighter-future/



Media contact

Ms. Ajita Singh (ajita.singh@undp.org), Analyst, Climate and Sustainability Programme, UNOSSC

Mr. Mithre Sandrasagra (mithre.sandrasagra@undp.org), Strategic Communications Advisor, UNOSSC