Climate Change: the world’s poorest will judge us by action

BONN, 16 November 2017 – Two years ago, 197 parties came together in Paris and agreed to the historical Paris Framework. Since that December 2015, we all have seen countless pictures of utterly devastating floods, wildfires, hurricanes happening more and more frequently all over our planet mainly affecting the poorest among us.

The pictures may appear remote to our own lives when we look at them in the safety of our houses on our screens. They are often a mere flash in the evening news. They may give rise to a family discussion, for others they induce anxiety, but none of the pictures can ever fully convey the utter devastation affected families are left with, the suffering of children left orphaned, the despondency of adolescents not seeing a future, the broken elderly person left without hope.

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UN-OHRLLS finalist for UN Secretary General Awards 2017

UN-OHRLLS is delighted to have been listed as a finalist for the 2017 UN Secretary General Awards for championing the SDGs. The Office was recognised for our work on the establishment of a new UN entity, the Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries and achievement of SDG 17.8  

The creation of the Technology Bank marks the first SDG target to be achieved, SDG 17.8. The UN-OHRLLS team successfully brought all stakeholders together towards achieving the first SDG target.

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Building brighter future for people living in least developed countries

NEW YORK, 10 October 2017 – A new report by UN-OHRLLS, Promoting Investment for Energy Access in Least Developed Countries, highlights the significant progress made by a number of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) since 2011 in increasing electrification rates. Advancements have also been made in expanding electricity generation from renewables, implementing effective sustainable energy promotion programmes and attracting financial resources. Despite this progress, only 38 % of the LDC population have access to electricity.

The report highlights how the primary challenge for LDCs is to rapidly step up a sustainable energy transition so that considerable progress can be made towards achieving national targets and international goals, such as those set out in the Istanbul Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda.

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