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.
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.
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".
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
Copenhagen, UN City