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The authors of the Energy Access Outlook 2017 are optimistic that universal energy access by 2030 is now within reach thanks to growing political will and falling costs. Nevertheless, sub-Saharan Africa is lacking behind and clean cooking is far out of reach.

The Energy Access Outlook: from Poverty to Prosperity, part of the World Energy Outlook - 2017 series, was published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in October 2017.

The analysis finds that the most cost-effective strategy for providing universal access to electricity and clean-cooking facilities in developing countries is compatible with meeting global climate goals, and prevents millions of premature deaths each year.

According to IEA, the findings of the report are a positive sign that universal energy access is within reach for billions lacking basic energy services. The report provides an analysis for 140 countries and shows that the number of people without access to electricity fell to 1.1 billion in 2016, down from 1.6 billion in 2000.

The report presents a strategy for achieving universal energy access, one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by 193 countries to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services by 2030.

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