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    The UN Conference on Sustainable Development – popularly referred to as Rio+20 – will be held on 20-22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The agenda will focus on transition to green economy with an emphasis on poverty reduction, access to efficient and renewable energy for all, protection of our water resources and eco systems as well as food security.

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    This report is part of the Arab Human Development Reports’ Research Paper Series which examines energy subsidies in the Arab region. It considers energy subsidies in the context of achieving overall welfare objectives related to expanding energy access and protecting poor households’ incomes; to economic development objectives such as fostering industrial growth and smoothing domestic consumption.