The thematic focus for 2017 is "Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World"
AboutThe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. UN DESA recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The thematic focus for the 2017 UN DESA Energy Grant is “Sustainable Energy for Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World”, reflecting the multiple roles that energy plays in eradication of poverty through advancements in health, education, water supply, industrialization and combating climate change.
2016 GrantThe recipient of the 2016 US $1 Million Dollar UN-DESA Energy Grant "Powering the Future We Want" was announced at an Award Ceremony at UN Headquarters on 14 December 2016. The thematic focus of the 2016 Grant is Energy for Sustainable Transport. The ceremony will be followed by a Capacity Development Seminar to provide an opportunity for the finalists of the 2016 Grant programme to disseminate their experiences and knowledge in the implementation of successful projects that promote energy for sustainable transport.