Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development

GNESD is a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of Member Centres of Excellence and network partners worldwide. The main objective of GNESD is to carry out analysis  and produce policy advice on energy related issues which can be instrumental in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by increasing access to clean and affordable energy.

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Energy Access

Access to modern energy services such as clean cooking facilities, lighting and mechanical power are crucial for human well-being and a precondition for economic development. Access to these services is crucial to enable socio-economic development and achieve the UN MDGs. Read more about our activities on energy access here.


GNESD is publishing theme studies, technical country reports, policy papers and summaries for policy makers on a regular basis. Our work and publications are theme driven and carried out on the basis of Working Groups consisting of representatives from our member Centres of Excellence. Download our more than 50 publications here.

GNESD Knowledge Base

The GNESD Energy Access Knowledge Base is an ongoing collection of energy access cases in Africa, Asia and South America. 

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