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Transforming Commitments into Action: Delivering on the Outcomes of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy

4 May 2022 | Online

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The launch of the UN-Energy Plan of Action and the Energy Compact Action Network aimed to build on the 200 voluntary commitments made by countries, organizations, and businesses in September at the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy.

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UN-Energy held a half-day meeting titled, ‘Transforming Commitments into Action’ to launch outcomes of the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy: the UN-Energy Plan of Action towards 2025 and the Energy Compact Action Network.

The event took place virtually from 9 am-12 pm on Wednesday, 4 May 2022.

A launching ceremony for the Plan of Action and the Action Network included remarks by: Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and the Secretary-General of the High-level Dialogue on Energy; Achim Steiner, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN-Energy Co-Chair and Co-Chair of the High-level Dialogue on Energy; Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, UN-Energy Co-Chair and Co-Chair of the High-level Dialogue on Energy; and heads of UN-Energy organizations.

The event will also featured a presentation of Energy Compact coalitions and the activities of the Energy Compact Action Network. This segment showcased:

  • Nigeria;
  • the City of Santiago, Chile;
  • a multi-party coalition on gender and energy; and
  • an energy compact on green hydrogen.

In addition, the programme included interventions by UN Member States.

The UN High-level Dialogue on Energy was a summit-level UN General Assembly event in September 2021. The Dialogue focused on ways to substantially advance the transition to clean, affordable energy for all by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050, and resulted in a Global Roadmap for Accelerated SDG 7 Action, containing recommendations on five thematic areas and milestones for 2025 and 2030.

To develop the recommendations, five technical working groups met in early 2021 and presented their recommendations during ministerial forums in June 2021.

Among the calls in the roadmap, the UN System is to strengthen its efforts on SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy for all) and the net-zero emissions commitment in the Paris Agreement on climate change, including by establishing a multi-stakeholder Energy Compact Action Network.

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