Review of SDGs implementation: SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Achieving SDG 7 will catalyse actions to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change and reach the other SDGs including poverty eradication, gender equality, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, food security, health, education, sustainable cities and communities, clean water and sanitation, jobs, innovation, and transport. However, without urgent action, the world will fall short of achievement of SDG 7 and consequently other SDGs.

The discussion is expected to assess progress, identify challenges at the national and international levels towards achieving SDG 7 including its targets on energy access, renewables, energy efficiency and means of implementation, and it will promote integrated policy solutions.

Proposed guiding questions:

  • What is the current rate of progress on the various targets of SDG 7 including targets related to the means of implementation?
  • At the country level, what policies and practices have been proven to be the most successful?
  • What is the investment gap for financing SDG 7 and what are the key financial tools that can be leveraged for scaling up investments?
  • What are the priority actions for the coming years that can be implemented to accelerate progress towards achieving SDG 7 globally?
  • Who are the furthest behind and who is at risk of being left behind for this SDG?

Chair:

  • H.E. Mr. Marc Pecsteen, Vice-President of ECOSOC

Presentations:

  • Ms. Heather Page, Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section, Statistics Division of UN DESA

Moderator:

  • Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, the International Renewable Energy Agency

Panellists:

  • H.E. Mr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy, Thailand
  • Ms. Laurence Tubiana, CEO, the European Climate Foundation
  • Ms. Sheila Oparaocha, Executive Director, ENERGIA, Zambia
  • Mr. Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director of Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice, World Bank Group

Lead discussants:

  • Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, Energy and Climate Change, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Co-Facilitator of SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group
  • Ms. Mengrong Cheng, President of State Grid US Representative Office, GEIDCO US Representative ad interim
  • Ms. Joan Carling, TEBTEBBA (Indigenous Peoples Major Group)

Followed by interactive discussion

Biographies
Dr. Siri Jirapongphan
Minister of Energy, Thailand
Dr. Siri Jirapongphan

Minister of Energy, Thailand

Education : - S.B. (Honor) degree in Chemical Engineering,
California Institute of Technology

- Sc.D. degree in Chemical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Former Positions - Executive Director, Petroleum Institute of Thailand

- Member of the National Reform Council (NRC)
Secretary of the Energy Reform Committee of NRC

- Board of Commissioner and Acting Director General,
Port Authority of Thailand

- Member, Board of Commissioners, State Railway of Thailand

- Business Rehabilitation Plan Administrator,
Thai Petrochemical Industry Public Co., Ltd.

- Managing Director, LPN Plate Mill Public Co., Ltd.

- Senior Vice President and Senior Director,
Merchant Banking Department, Bangkok Bank Public Co., Ltd.

- Manager of Planning and Information Department,
National Petrochemical Public Co., Ltd.

- Head of Systems Planning Division,
Petroleum Authority of Thailand

(Academic Institution) - Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department,
Chulalongkorn University

Mr. Adnan Z. Amin
Director-General, the International Renewable Energy Agency
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin

Director-General, the International Renewable Energy Agency

Adnan Z. Amin is the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), currently serving his second term. He was elected as the Agency’s first Director-General in 2011. During his tenure, IRENA has achieved near universal membership with 158 Members sand has become the global authority on renewable energy. The agency today provides the world community with a strong international cooperation framework to accelerate the sustainable energy transformation, as a major pathway to fostering sustainable development and one of the most important solutions to climate change.

Mr. Amin has over 25 years of experience in international environment, sustainable development and energy policy. Mr. Amin has held senior positions in the United Nations (UN), including as Head of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination Secretariat, Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence and Director of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Mr. Amin is a development economist specializing in sustainable development. He is a national of Kenya

Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk
Policy Director, Energy and Climate Change, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Serving as a Co-Facilitator, SDG7 Technical Advisory Group]
Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk

Policy Director, Energy and Climate Change, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Serving as a Co-Facilitator, SDG7 Technical Advisory Group]

Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk is Policy Director, Section for Energy and Climate, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ibrekk previously worked at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as well as in the Secretariat for the International Conference on Water and the Environment. He has more than thirty years of experience from government, international organizations, research and consulting in development cooperation, climate ‘proofing’, clean energy, water resources management, environmental financing, and capacity building, among other areas. He was member of the board of the Adaptation Fund s 2007 – 2017 and served as chair in 2013 and 2015. Mr. Ibrekk is also a member of the Board of the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and serves as Chair 2018-2019. Mr. Ibrekk has been a member of the Executive Committee and the Administrative Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. He is also a member of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Mr. Ibrekk is the focal point for water and sanitation in the ministry. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Washington and a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology.

Mr. Riccardo Puliti
Senior Director of Energy, World Bank Group
Mr. Riccardo Puliti

Senior Director of Energy, World Bank Group

Riccardo Puliti joined the World Bank Group as Senior Director, Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice in November 2016. In his role, Riccardo leads a team of 400 professionals in their work developing policies and financing in the global energy and extractive industries. The Energy and Extractives practice has a portfolio of approximately USD 52 billion.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Riccardo was the Managing Director in charge of Energy and Extractive Industries at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, leading a group of 100 professionals with a portfolio of approximately EUR 11 billion.

Riccardo started his career at Istituto Mobiliare Italiano in 1987 before moving to Banque Indosuez and NM Rothschild where he worked in equity capital markets, always in the energy and infrastructure sectors. During his career, Riccardo has been a nominee or independent member of the board of several energy and extractive companies, including OMV Petrom (where he chaired its Risk and Audit Committee), Irkutsk Oil and Iberdrola Poland. He holds an MBA from Instituto Superior de Estudios de la Empresa (IESE) and postgraduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) and Imperial College.

Ms. Joan Carling
Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Ms. Joan Carling

Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Joan Carling is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines. She has been working on indigenous issues at the grassroots to international levels for more than 20 years. Her field of expertise includes human rights, sustainable development, environment, and climate change. She has been also been actively engaging in international bodies, processes and mechanisms such as the Agenda 203 on sustainable development, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN mechanisms relating to human rights among others in advancing the issues and concerns of indigenous peoples in Asia. Joan Carling is the Secretary General of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) representing its 47 member-organisations in 13 countries. She is also an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Ms. Laurence Tubiana
CEO of the European Climate Foundation
Ms. Laurence Tubiana

CEO of the European Climate Foundation

Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF). In addition, she is the Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD), and a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. Before joining ECF, Laurence was France’s Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for climate action.

Laurence brings decades of expertise and experience in climate change, energy, agriculture and sustainable development, working across government, think tanks, NGOs and academia. From 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Adviser on the Environment to the French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. From 2009 to 2010, she created and then led the newly established Directorate for Global Public Goods at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE). In 2013, she chaired the French National Debate on the Energy Transition. She founded in 2002 and directed until 2014 the Paris-based Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). In the 80’s and early 90’s she founded and then led Solagral, an NGO working on food security and the global environment. She started her career as a Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).

Throughout the years, Laurence has held several academic positions, including as a Professor and Scientific Director for the International Development and Environmental Studies Master degrees at Sciences Po, Paris; and Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She has been a member of numerous boards and scientific committees, including the Chinese Committee on the Environment and International Development (CCICED).

Ms. Mengrong Cheng
President of State Grid US Representative Office, GEIDCO US Representative ad interim
Ms. Mengrong Cheng

President of State Grid US Representative Office, GEIDCO US Representative ad interim

Ms. Cheng is the Deputy Director General of Dept. of International Cooperation of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), President of SGCC U.S. Office and Acting Chief of GEIDCO North America Office.

Ms. Cheng started her career in 1991 in Dept. of International Cooperation of China Electricity Council. Since then, she has been intensively involved in international cooperation business in major projects and events between China’s power sector and international community. She worked in the then China’s Ministry of Power Industry since 1993, and later held major positions in charge of international affairs in China State Power Corporation (1996-2003) and State Grid Corporation of China (2003 till now). She is also a member of IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB), Director of Board of REN, a national energy network company of Portugal, Sherpa on Management Committee of Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership(G-SEP) Ms.Cheng received a Master Degree of Business Management from Tsinghua University.

Ms. Sheila Oparaocha
Executive Director, ENERGIA (Zambia)
Ms. Sheila Oparaocha

Executive Director, ENERGIA (Zambia)

Sheila graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Zambia and pursued her MSc in Gender and Rural Development Studies at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). After completing her Master’s, she continued to work as a research associate in the Gender and Development Program at AIT. Whilst living in Thailand, she also conducted research in Lao PDR, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Malaysia. Sheila joined the ENERGIA team in October 1999.

Statements
Statements
H.E. Mr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy, Thailand
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General, the International Renewable Energy Agency
Mr. Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, Energy and Climate Change, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Co-Facilitator of SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group
Ms. Laurence Tubiana, CEO, the European Climate Foundation
Presentations
Ms. Heather Page, Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section, Statistics Division of UN DESA
Ms. Mengrong Cheng, President of State Grid US Representative Office, GEIDCO US Representative ad interim
United Nations