BBC World Debate – Powering Development in the 21st century


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 UN General Assembly named 2012 as the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All. The UN Foundation has launched a website for the Year:

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.


Date: October 17, 2020

44 thoughts on “BBC World Debate – Powering Development in the 21st century

  1. 'we have vays to make you shut up '…. in a reeducation camp …you reset sicko schwab !!!

    Arrest the davos cult !!!!

  2. Well this aged well didn’t it? Double the number of reactors by 2025. Knock me over with a feather.

    There was one panelist who knew energy economics and three taking complete bullshit. “Baseload” is a generation limitation not a demand requirement. Demand fluctuates and baseload cannot ramp to accomodate it. But the economics are clear today. Nuclear cannot exist in competition with renewables and storage. It’s a sunset industry.

    The Indian gentleman was the biggest liar of the night. “One million times more energy” was a nonsense statement.

    How’s that CCS modification for your coal power stations going South Africa. And who’s using that coal power? Industrial giants or poor townships that are better served with micro grid renewables and storage at much lower price.

    “Not make it (renewables) cheaper”. My god nuclear is getting more expensive by the year and renewables falling in cost for decades and still falling. Now cheaper than all new FF joule per joule. Even firmed with storage and gas it’s cheaper most places I t he world. Equity is not about technology about PV makes equity much cheaper and easier to do.

  3. Has to be Renewable energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

  4. Why invited minister of energy in Uganda because people live in Uganda they don't have enough water and enough electricity seriously.


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  7. President of euro solar is taking like an antinuclear lobbyist . Europeans have already committed crime against humanity by making entire world a market and suppress people around the globe. Now there generations are teaching for humanity.

  8. The 21st Century will be the century of Nazism. The world will be turning into a world of individualism, Nazism and racism. For the Christians, it will be the age of the Anti-Christ. When America turns into a Nazism Nation, the whole world will follow. All countries will be rule by Dictators and Monarchy.

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