Letter from the Administrator
Access to sustainable energy is fundamental to ful
lling basic social needs, advancing eco-nomic growth, and driving human development. Yet providing sustainable energy for all remains one of the biggest development challenges of the 21st century. UNDP has supported many countries to promote energy access, expand renewable energy use, and improve energy e
ciency, as part of its broader e
orts to reduce poverty, achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and mitigate climate change. I am pleased to introduce here the third volume of
Empowering Lives, Building Resilienc
e, a compendium of success stories from our work, which focuses this year on expanding sustain-able energy in Europe and Central Asia. These stories demonstrate the transformational change in the lives of people and societies brought about through UNDP’s support. Some stories are about just one school or village; others show impact on a whole country. Together, the stories demonstrate how energy and development challenges are closely inter-linked and how sus-tainable energy solutions can be replicated and scaled up to bene
t people across the region. These examples and good practices demonstrate UNDP’s commitment to support coun-tries to meet the ambitious goals set forward in the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative. I hope they will encourage more innovation and action in this area.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark tests a solar-powered bicycle at the Zadar County Solar Education Center in Croatia in January 2013.