HOST: Smart Villages
This interactive, inclusive, and engaging session will discuss and debate the need to focus more on dividends from energy access, particularly for off-grid communities, to achieve not only SDG 7 but a range of other SDGs. A panel made up of community leaders from high impact countries around the world will answer the key starting question: what exactly are the priorities for villages themselves when it comes to achieving energy access dividends? For many, the answers will be surprising. The ensuing conversation will focus on the need for an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to achieving these dividends, while also facilitating productive uses of energy.