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Poorer states look to power ahead through innovation

Energy is key to global development but the world’s poorest nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialised counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the UN warned on Wednesday.

In a report on 47 Least Developed Countries (LDC), the UN trade and development arm UNCTAD said that only four of them were on course to achieve internationally agreed targets on energy distribution by 2030.