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


The host is always interrupting, even not allowing to complete their opinion.

Author — shylaja Raj


When you have a problem with something, but can’t be bothered to come up with a feasible solution, it is invariably not your problem.

Author — GC GC


listening such debates is best way to improve communication skills

Author — Sharnveer Kaur


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


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

Author — Tasneem Khan


We must go for nuc.. energy but safest way and technology

Author — Amit Joshi


I enjoyed the debate. The world we live in is overrun by thecnology and this technology depends on a powerful energy. For us to get that energy we need to have nuclear industries. The nuclear industries have two side. Zone side which is positive and the other one negative. But what I noticed from the video none of the debaters emphasize the negative side of the nuclear power.

Author — Ourymbarry barry


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

Author — Нумон Соибов


1 John 2:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Author — Vibeke Ridder


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

Author — Uthman Akeel


Kandeh is the man we are waiting for in Sierra Leone as our next President 2018

Author — Nabie Yayah Yansaneh


the topic of debate BBc world 21st century

Author — Syaiful Ramadhan


Zenab is getting more ridiculous, as she get more chance.... issues of our kind, the moment they get the chance, they will destroyed their peace and possibilities instead of being neutral and competent.

Author — birdy elke


90% of people from any country does not know about the nuclear energy... These guys talking about concerns of people towards nuclear energy.

Author — ravi varma


I am from India, what I think it's a good platform to improve communication skills but that anchors disturbing more in the middle of the conversation.. Good job srikumar sir and other people on the penal.. Love my India

Author — Balaram Sahoo


In future the issue will be affordability of energy by the poor and not the availability.
Despite of energy in their lines, they can not use it because of their poor incomes.
They also can't steal due to technologies, which doesn't allow thefts.
Again the energy poverty.

Author — Muni Raju


I am Dr BOUDDH SK, MBBS MD Pharmacology Professor and Head of the department of Pharmacology at Govt Medical College Datia Madhyapradesh, India. My question is that if 440 Atomic Nuclear Reactors function went out of the human control and explosion happened simultaneously on it then what Earth and life will be existed?



the host is just terriffic and well-informed..

Author — Khalid Suliman


Did I miss something or had the Nuclear waste not been Mentioned?
That Waste which is Dangerous for up to Millon of years is already a problem where to store it.   About safe storing is with the knowledge we have now almost not possible
and the more Nuceplants are in use the chances of 1 or even more Fukushima like Incidents are Rising     and Radioactivity knows NO Borders

And once more That danger in the Form of Nuclear-waste is what our Great, Great and some more times Greadgandchildren will Inherit

Author — lex santee