Achieving universal access to modern energy is critical to Africa’s transformation. The Africa Progress Panel, which I chair, welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the African Development Bank and other key stakeholders in pushing for the changes we need to see.
We must now come together to break the deadly interaction between poverty and unsustainable energy systems. There is surely no better starting point than universal access to affordable low-carbon energy.
Kofi Annan delivers the keynote speech to introduce the first panel of the forum "Africa beyond 2015" in Berlin. He summarizes Africa's current challenges and opportunities, and he highlights that the future of the continent rests not only in the hands of its political leaders but will also depend on the outcome of the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Paris.
The trade in Africa’s commodities certainly generates jobs, business, and economic activity elsewhere in the world, but it is not always obvious that the majority of Africans have benefitted themselves.