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Establishing institutions

The United Nations Development Programmed (UNDP) mission is to help countries achieve sustainable human development by assisting their efforts to build their capacity to design and carry out development programmes in poverty eradication, employment creation and sustainable livelihoods, empowerment of women, and protection and regeneration of the environment, giving first priority to poverty eradication. UNDP focuses on policy support and institution building in programme countries through its network of 136 country offices.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) facilitates intergovernmental processes and, through its Division for Sustainable Development, services such bodies as the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for Development. UNDESA also undertakes, among other things, statistical and analytical work to monitor the environment and sustainable development, provides policy and technical advisory services, and implements technical cooperation projects at the request of developing countries in the followup to the 1992 Earth Summit.

The World Energy Council (WEC) is a multi-energy, non-governmental, global organisation founded in 1923. In recent years, WEC has built a reputation in the energy field through its studies, technical services, and regional programmes. Its work covers long-term energy scenarios, developing country and transitional economy energy issues, energy financing, energy efficiency and liberalization policies, and environmental concerns. Through its member committees in close to 100 countries, it has encouraged the participation of private industry throughout the editorial and consultative process for this report.

For more information on the activities and publications of the three establishing organisations, please visit the following Websites: