BBC World Debate - Powering Development in the 21st century

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Powering development in the 21st century was the topic of a debate that aired on BBC World News television channel and also on BBC World Service radio on 16 and 17 July.

Filmed during the Vienna Energy Forum at the Hofburg Palace in June 2011, the debate features Srikumar Banerjee, Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy, India; Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa; Peter Droege, President of Eurosolar, Germany; and Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The debate is moderated by BBC World News presenter Zeinab Badawi.

The 2011 Vienna Energy Forum, organized by UNIDO, the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), brought together more than 1,200 participants from 125 countries including heads of state, policy-makers, experts, civil society and the private sector. A total of 99 key speakers from 45 different countries facilitated the discussion on how to overcome energy poverty and how to move from declarations of intention to tangible action on the ground.

Participants at the Vienna Energy Forum called for bold steps and strategic public-private partnerships to guarantee universal energy access by 2030, including by expanding the use of renewable energy sources.

The World Debate is a monthly programme on the BBC World News channel which aims to convene panels that engage in a robust exchange of views.

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I come here just for learning english.

Author — mandeep Singh


Not here to learn about energy🤗..but watching this reminds of my homeland where blackout is already a routine😜..

Author — khel mhe


Hits and likes who come here to learn English

Author — love indifinite ya lo pondré


Long lives with good health. God blesses and cares on all of us.

Author — Tasneem Khan


listening such debates is best way to improve communication skills

Author — Sharnveer Kaur


i was so annoyed by the cobstabt interruption ..that nothing was concluded.

next time..just be your own panel

Author — tonnyy ssaade


i come here just for learning English, thank U

Author — rachana chhoun


Listening such debates is best way toh improve communication skills

Author — Hamna Nazer


My only goal of joining you is to learn and make perfect my English.

Author — Ernest Ndayikeza


Brilliant and well-informed panelists. Definitely enriched my knowledge, even though Zainab was constantly interrupting...

Author — Uthman Akeel


I am listen ever day BBC world service because it is my favourite service so I specially like

Author — Nasarullah jamali


It is too good way in order to improve our listening skills

Author — Нумон Соибов


Great Debate
Thanks To Our Future President Of Sierra Leone Dr Yumkella

Author — Jimmy Bangs Jr


I simply hated it when the host interrupted and kept constantly misinterpreting and turning others' opinions into ridiculous conclusions. Like " Between my family and work, I think work is my current priority"  "I see, so you think you shouldn't  care about your wife and child at all"  
I can't believe this is happening on a BBC program. 

Author — Albert C


Thank you so much inspired, here and there, thank you so much once again, indeed .

Author — Awdaly Saleh


This is the worst moderated interview I have seen in a long time.

Author — Dan Tatar


The debate is really awesome. The combination between renewable and nuclear energy is the perfect closing statement. I enjoyed :D

Author — Noer Fadlina


Such a healthy debate... broadcast such debates more and more across YouTube

Author — sanket narode


Think this David Lowe’s theme music alone with the same bbc news title designers again.

Author — Jack Sugden


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