Clean energy : inequality of opportunity in Asia and the Pacific
Asia and the Pacific
The ESCAP Inequality of Opportunity papers place men and women at the heart of sustainable and inclusive development. The papers do so by identifying seven areas where inequality jeopardizes a person’s prospects, namely: education; women’s access to health care; children’s nutrition; decent work; basic water and sanitation; access to clean energy; and financial inclusion. Each of these opportunities are covered by specific commitments outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addressed in a separate thematic report covering 22 countries throughout Asia and the Pacific. Overall, the aim of this policy paper is: i) to outline why policymakers need to reduce inequality in access to clean energy; ii) to introduce a new way of analysing survey data by identifying the shared circumstances of those “furthest behind”; and i) to analyse observed inequality by the relative contribution of each circumstance.