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Energy has already been identified as one of the five key themes to be addressed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), itself an important indicator of progress over the past decade.

But in this article, Christopher Flavin, president of the Worldwatch Institute, says that the Johannesburg action plan must include a clear recognition of the specific role of renewable energy in powering a sustainable world.

Renewable energy will play a particularly important role in developing nations, he says. Brazil, China and India are among the countries that are taking the lead in implementing the technology. According to Flavin, the WSSD needs to support such activities by: setting specific goals for increasing the share of renewables, providing information on policies that work, and enabling funds for renewable energy.

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