What can the Asia-Pacific region expect from the Nairobi Conference?

by Guy J. Pauker

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Provides an overview of issues expected to be discussed at the United Nations Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy to be held in Nairobi in August 1981. The main questions the author looks at are whether the developing nations of the Asia-Pacific region should bypass the age of oil and create new patterns of modernization and industrialization based on alternative energy sources. Or should the developed countries of the region use their superior economic and technical resources to speed up their transition to new and renewable sources of energy, reduce their dependence on petroleum products, and in doing so liberate larger quantities of nonrenewable fossil fuels for the economic growth needs of developing countries? He supports suggestions that one of the major action programs for the Asia-Pacific region should be the cultivation and use of fuelwood and the breeding and employment of draught animals, which would contribute greatly to the welfare of the rural population of the region, which makes up three-quarters of its total population.

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