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.

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.

SDG 7 TAG Publications


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

The Multi-Stakeholder Technical Advisory Group on SDG 7, convened by the UN DESA, has released a series of policy briefs that call for accelerated action and more investment to achieve global energy targets.

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Tracking SDG7 2019: The Energy Progress Report

Formerly known as the Global Tracking Framework (GTF), the fourth edition of this report tracks global, regional and country progress on the three targets of SDG7: access to energy and clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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Analysis of the VNRs relating to SDG7

This report presents an analysis of the 46 voluntary national reviews (VNRs) submitted in 2018 in order to gain a better understanding of the incorporation of SDG7 in countries' sustainable development action plans, challenges and opportunities in implementation and critical interlinkages with other Sustainable Development Goals.

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SDG 7 TAG Activities report 2018

This report reviewed activities conducted by the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group to strengthen the follow-up and review of SDG7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, leading up to the HLPF in July 2018 and beyond.

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SDG7 Policy Brief 2018 Edition

Prepared by the SDG 7-TAG, the briefs explore SDG 7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs and include a Summary for Policy Makers, which presents a Global Agenda for Accelerated SDG 7 Action. The Global Agenda is a collective response to tackling the challenges of SDG 7 and creating a foundation for concerted action by governments and all relevant stakeholders.

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Global energy transformation: A roadmap to 2050 (2019 edition)

Global energy transformation: A roadmap to 2050 (2019 edition)

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Mini Grids for Half a Billion People : Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers

Mini Grids for Half a Billion People : Market Outlook and Handbook for Decision Makers

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