SDG 7 TAG

Multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Group on Sustainable Development Goal 7

About SDG 7 TAG

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, which jointly constitute a comprehensive plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

SDG7 is a first-ever universal goal on energy, with targets on access, efficiency, renewables and means of implementation. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, from its role in the eradication of hunger and poverty, through advancements in health, education, inclusive growth, sustainable cities, water supply, infrastructure, industrialization, etc., to combating climate change.

The UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development is the central platform within the United Nations system for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Member States regularly undertake in-depth reviews, including through Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), to assess progress at the country level towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

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To facilitate stocktaking of progress to-date and to seek advice on the technical preparation of the review of SDG 7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs at HLPF, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), as the secretariat for HLPF, through its Division for Sustainable Development Goals, has convened a multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Group on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7-TAG).

In July 2018, SDG7 on energy was reviewed for the first time at HLPF. As a technical input, the SDG7-TAG prepared the 27 Policy Briefs that explored progress toward SDG7 implementation, interlinkages between SDG7 and other SDGs, and regional perspectives, culminating into a Global Agenda for Accelerated SDG7 Action.

In 2019, the first High-Level Political Forum under the auspices of the General Assembly -SDG Summit, will be convened to assess progress achieved since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015 and provide leadership and guidance on the way forward that would help accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

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HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM 2019

Under the theme "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality", the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council concluded its 2019 session on 18 July 2019. This year's meeting heard 47 countries' Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), highlighting plans and efforts to implement the SDGs; conducted in-depth review of six SDGs; and convened a discussion on SDG 13, considering the link to the Climate Summit to be convened by the UN Secretary-General on 23 September 2019 to encourage countries to increase their climate ambition.

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HLPF 2019 also included a ministerial meeting in conjunction with the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council from 16-19 July. In addition, a HLPF Summit will convene on 24 and 25 September 2019 under the auspices of the UN General Assembly, where Heads of State and Government will review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and conduct the first four-year review of all 17 SDGs. One outcome document will result from the two 2019 sessions.

"We have seen that reaching to the local level, empowering people, giving them voice and including them in decision-making leads to better outcomes, with stronger support to implementation", underscored the ECOSOC President Inga Rhonda King. "And we have heard that we must commit to, and undertake, deliberate, decisive, transformative actions to accelerate implementation and achieve the SDGs by 2030".

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SDG 7 TAG-related events during HLPF 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
Official meeting
Climate change is rapidly unfolding, the world is already experiencing changes in average temperature, shifts in the seasons and an increasing frequency of extreme weather events and other climate change impacts, affecting lives and livelihoods in all regions.
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Venue: S1522/S1523
Side Event
Promoting the adoption of clean and sustainable energy in homes and healthcare facilities is critical for reducing health and social inequity in sub-Saharan Africa. Often the same people exposed to dangerous levels of household air pollution and safety risks due to the lack of clean energy for cooking and space heating, cannot access basic health services due to a lack of sustainable electricity in their local health facilities. Inequities are even stronger for women and children. A visual mapping of data on the health and social impacts from the lack of access to clean and sustainable energy in some African countries will be used to launch an interactive discussion on how the health and energy sectors can synergize efforts under a new platform of action on energy and health, building on key messages delivered by working groups at the European Development Days.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
S1522/S1523
Side Event
A key message from IPCC 1.5 C special report is that leveraging synergies and avoiding trade-offs between climate-action and development priorities can help limit global warming to safe levels. There nonetheless remains questions on how policymakers can incorporate science-based research on climate and development linkages into policies and practices. Doing so will require not only strengthening the bonds climate change and the SDGs but also enhancing dialogue between scientists and policymakers. With inputs from S20, STI Forum, Climate and SDGs Synergy Conference, this session will highlight high-level speakers working to integrate climate change (including provisions of the Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework) and the SDGs by strengthening the SPI.
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room F
Side Event
The meeting will provide a platform for LLDCs, transit countries, development partners, private
sector, regional and international organizations to exchange experiences and ways to enhance
partnerships for accelerating sustainable energy development in particular renewable energy in
LLDCs and building resilience to climate change. The meeting will showcase good practices and
lessons learned on the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships in strengthening the capacities of
LLDCs to accelerated sustainable energy development and resilience building.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
S1522/S1523
Side Event
While the Digital Revolution cuts across all SDGs, the side event will focus on its role in empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, in line with the SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, and 16 which are under review at the HLPF 2019. The global scientific initiative The World in 2050 (TWI2050) has been developing integrated pathways based on interdisciplinary knowledge that achieve multiple SDGs, harnessing synergies and mitigating trade-offs. The side event will present the role of technological change in these pathways with a focus on the SDGs under review and will provide examples of proven and emerging technologies and innovations that can accelerate progress towards the selected SDGs.
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
Venue: S1522/S1523
Side Event
The side event, convened by UN DESA will look into the interlinkages between SDG7 and SDG 4, 8, 10, 13, and 16, building upon the 2019 edition of the SDG7 Policy Briefs that contains detailed analysis on these interlinkages, as well as the 2019 Tracking SDG7 Energy Progress Report, the work of the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group and UN-Energy, the High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024: A Mid-Point Review, the Climate Summit preparatory meeting in Abu Dhabi, and findings of the first Global Conference to strengthen synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement in April 2019 in the UN City in Copenhagen.
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Cervantes Institute in New York 9 (211 E 49th St)
Side Event
This year’s HLPF convened under the theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” undertakes the first global review of SDG13 on climate action, along with SDGs 4, 8, 10, 16 and 17. This will provide an opportunity to take stock of progress to-date including on energy, water and climate interlinkages, and reflect on the way forward to accelerate implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. This event aims to facilitate open exchange of insights and experiences for furthering progress toward addressing SDG6 and SDG7 interlinkages in support of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
UN HQ Conference Room 7
Side Event

Given energy’s central enabling role in delivering on all the SDGs and on SDG 13 in particular, this high-level side event will look into ways to scale up climate action through accelerating clean energy transitions to simultaneously deliver on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. It will build on the work of the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group and UN-Energy reflected in the 2019 edition of the SDG7 Policy Briefs, the 2019 Tracking SDG7 Energy Progress Report, the High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024: A Mid-Point Review, as well as the Climate Summit preparatory meeting in Abu Dhabi, and findings of the first Global Conference to strengthen synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement in April 2019 in the UN City in Copenhagen.

Organizers: Mission of Ethiopia to the UN, EU, IRENA, ESCWA, UNDESA

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room F
Side Event
This high-level side event will mark the launch of the policy brief on “Achieving SDG 7 in Small Island
Developing States” and pave the way for the Mid-term Review of the SAMOA Pathway taking place in
September 2019. It will take stock of recent developments with respect to energy transition and
renewable energy uptake in SIDS by discussing and presenting best practices and successful initiatives.
The side event will also explore what are the vital elements in making progress in the area of sustainable
energy in the remaining 5 years of the Samoa Pathway.

SDG 7 TAG Documents

SDG 7 Policy Briefs in Support of the High-Level Political Forum

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Complete 2019 Edition Complete 2018 Edition

Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report

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Analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews relating to Sustainable Development Goal 7

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SDG 7 TAG Activities Report 2018

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Other material

World Energy Outlook (IEA)

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