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Multi-stakeholder Technical Advisory Group on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7-TAG)
CONTEXT

Background

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 the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), to assess progress at the country level towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Specifically, SDG7 on energy will be reviewed in depth for the first time at HLPF in July 2018, which will serve as a first critical milestone to assess global progress of SDG7 toward 2030.

To facilitate stocktaking of progress to-date and to share advice on the technical preparation of the review at the HLPF, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), as the secretariat for HLPF, through its Division for Sustainable Development Goals, the Technical Advisory Group on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7-TAG).

Objective

The SDG7-TAG is set up to seek, and facilitate exchange of, expert advice on how to strengthen the follow-up and review of SDG7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, leading up to the HLPF in July 2018. More specifically, the Technical Advisory Group will advise on the following:

  • inclusive processes to support the SDG7 follow-up and review, including on ways to strengthen multi-stakeholder engagements;
  • deliverables including policy briefs, to inform intergovernmental discussions in regards of SDG7 follow-up and review and its interlinkages with other SDGs;
  • recommendations to UN DESA, as secretariat for HLPF, on how best to support and coordinate the relevant processes and products development.

Modalities of Work

The SDG7-TAG membership is drawn from governments, UN system, international organizations and other multi-stakeholders. Co-facilitators have been selected to facilitate an exchange of views and information among members, keeping in mind its informal nature. Meetings of the SDG7-TAG are held either with their members being physically present or by video conference or teleconference.

Secretariat

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, through its Division for Sustainable Development Goals, provides secretariat services for the SDG7-TAG, including logistical support.

Policy Briefs

The 27 Policy Briefs prepared by the SDG7-TAG explore SDG7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, including advancing SDG7 implementation, strengthening interlinkages between SDG7 and other SDGs, regional perspectives and experiences, and building a sustainable and equitable energy future.

It includes a Summary for Policy Makers, which presents a Global Agenda for Accelerated SDG7 Action. The Global Agenda is a collective response to tackling the challenges of SDG7 and creating a foundation for concerted action by governments and all relevant stakeholders.

50 organizations, including 21 from the UN system, cooperated to produce the publication.

View the Policy Briefs ĎAccelerating SDG7 Achievementí here.

Looking Ahead

Beyond the HLPF 2018, the SDG7-TAG will also provide important inputs for related consultations at the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, Secretary-Generalís Climate Summit in 2019, and events connected with the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024).
MEMBERS

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)
Nauman Bashir Bhatti, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations
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
Dan Zhang, Vice-President and Director-General, United Nations Association of China
Felice Zaccheo, Head of Unit, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, European Commission
Roberto Schaeffer, Professor of Energy Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Sheila Watson, Director & Director of Environment and Research, FIA Foundation
Koen Peters, Executive Director, Global Off-Grid Lighting Association
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University
Laura Cozzi, Head, Demand Outlook Division, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency
Yera Ortiz de Urbina, Permanent Observer for International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to the United Nations
Monga Mehlwana, Industrialisation and Infrastructure Officer, Regional Integration & Trade Division, ECA
Manlio F. Coviello, Chief of Natural Resources and Energy, 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
Marcel Alers, Head of Energy, UNDP
Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff, 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
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

MEETINGS