Multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Group on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7-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.


Click here to view the terms of reference of SDG7-TAG.




Sheila Oparaocha, Executive Director, ENERGIA (Co-facilitator of the SDG7-TAG)
Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, Energy and Climate Change, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Co-facilitator of the SDG7-TAG)
Imran Lodhi, Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan
Paul Mbuthi, Senior Asst. Director of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, Kenya
Alexander C. Kauer, Deputy Head of Division, Energy, Infrastructure and Raw Materials, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Frank van der Vleuten, Senior Renewable Energy Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Rikke Skou Melsen, Policy Adviser, Economic and Social Affairs, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN
Dane McQueen, Senior Advisor, Development and Humanitarian Affairs, Permanent Mission of The United Arab Emirates to the United Nations
Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, European Commission
Dan Zhang, Vice-President and Director-General, United Nations Association of China
Rana Adib, Executive Secretary, REN 21
Dymphna van der Lans, CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
Sheila Watson, Director & Director of Environment and Research, FIA Foundation
Rita Poppe, Policy Advisor Green and Inclusive Energy, Hivos
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Glenn Pearce-Oroz, Director of Policy and Programmes, SEforAll
Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University
Laura Cozzi, Head, Demand Outlook Division, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency
Rabia Ferroukhi, Deputy Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Byron Chiliquinga, Project Manager, OLADE
Monga Mehlwana, Industrialisation and Infrastructure Officer, Regional Integration & Trade Division, ECA
Manlio F. Coviello, Senior Energy Advisor, ECLAC
Hongpeng Liu, Director, Energy Division, ESCAP
Radia Sedaoui, Chief of the Energy Section, Sustainable Development Policies Division, ESCWA
Scott Foster, Director, Sustainable Energy Division, UNECE
Olivier Dubois, Senior Natural Resources Officer and Coordinator, Energy Programme, FAO
Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, ILO
Marcel Alers, Head of Energy, UNDP
Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
Daniele Violetti, Director, Finance, Technology & Capacity-building, UNFCCC
Vincent Kitio, Chief, Urban Energy Unit, UN-Habitat
Rakshya Rajyashwori Thapa, Energy and Climate Specialist, UNICEF
Tareq Emtairah, Director, Energy and Climate Change, UNIDO
Thomas Fohgrub, Coordination Unit for the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy in Displacement Settings, UNITAR
Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Director of UN-OHRLLS
Heather Adair-Rohani, Technical Officer, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO
Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank
Daniel Schroth, Acting Director for Renwable Energy and Energy Efficiency & Advisor to the Vice President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Complex, African Development Bank
Mohammed Alsayed, Manager, Economic Infrastructure Division, Economic and Social Infrastructure Department, Islamic Development Bank

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