A well-established energy system is necessary to support all sectors: business, health, education, agriculture, infrastructure, communications, and technology. Without electricity, women and girls have to spend hours fetching water, clinics cannot store vaccines for children, many schoolchildren cannot do homework at night, and people cannot run competitive businesses. Fossil fuels have been major sources of electricity production for many years, but burning these fuels produces large amounts of greenhouse gases that cause climate change and air pollution, causing negative impacts on human health and the environment. Access to electricity in developing countries has expanded, energy efficiency continues to improve, and renewable energy is making impressive gains. Countries can accelerate the transition to an affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy system by investing in renewable energy resources, including wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and tidal. Governments can also prioritize energy efficient practices, adopt clean energy technologies and infrastructure, and eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.

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High-level Dialogue on Energy

UN Secretary-General António Guterres convened the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE) under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Event 24 September 2021

Energy Action Days

Immediately prior to the High-level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE), Energy Action Days brought together representatives of business, foundations, cities, youth and other segments of civil society to announce “Energy Compact” commitments.
Event 22 September 2021 - 23 September 2021

Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2021

Convening under the theme “Where Action Meets Ambition,” the first virtual Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is intended to spur action by bringing together government representatives, stakeholders, and experts to discuss key topics that advance sustainable development in the energy domain and contribute…
Event 5 July 2021 - 7 July 2021

High-Level Dialogue on Energy Technical Working Groups

The High-Level Dialogue on Energy is the first global gathering on energy under the auspices of the UN General Assembly since the UN Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy in 1981.
Event 22 February 2021 - 3 June 2021