The Oslo Conference
Conference Summary 10 October 2011
The high-level segment of the Energy for All: financing access for the poor conference hosted by the Government of Norway in cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA) took place in Oslo on 10 October 2011. It convened a broad range of stakeholders including the UN Secretary-General, heads of government, government ministers, and representatives of international organisations, the public and private sectors, financial institutions, civil society and academia. The conference examined ways of mobilising sufficient financial resources to achieve access to energy for all by 2030. This is a vital aspect of the wider challenge of securing sustainable energy for all.
In 2010, the IEA, jointly with UNDP and UNIDO, dedicated a chapter of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) to the energy poverty challenge that we still face today. About 1.4 billion people are without access to electricity, and current trends indicate that this will not change significantly by 2030. Furthermore, it is estimated that 2.5 billion people will still use traditional biomass for cooking in 2030, and that the related health effects will result in 1.5 million premature deaths per year, mostly among women and children.