Power and Progress

Despite modern technologies, one person in five lacks access to electricity, and twice that number, three billion people, rely on wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating. Ensuring that energy services are available to all will lay the foundation of sustainable global development.

VIENNA/OSLO – We grew up in entirely different regions of the world: one in Norway, the other in Sierra Leone. The gap between our two countries in terms of development could hardly be starker: Norway’s GDP per capita is more than 50 times that of Sierra Leone.

In Norway, electricity is available and affordable. In Sierra Leone, electricity is virtually non-existent in rural areas. Many people cannot afford fuel, heat, or proper housing.

What unites us is a firm commitment to ensuring that modern energy services are available to all, and our belief that achieving this goal will lay the foundation of sustainable global development. The challenge is immense: despite modern technologies, one person in five lacks access to electricity, and twice that number, three billion people, rely on wood, coal, charcoal, or animal waste for cooking and heating.

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