Energy

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

The first high-level meeting to tackle energy issues under the United Nations General Assembly in 40 years demonstrated broad interest in accelerating ambition towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) on affordable and clean energy and the net-zero emissions by 2050 goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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

High-level Dialogue on Energy Ministerial Thematic Forums (HLDE 2021)

The Ministerial Thematic Forums for the HLDE launched reports prepared by Technical Working Groups, each with detailed recommendations for action needed, on five thematic topics also explored during the week by multi-stakeholder dialogues and ministerial sessions
Event 21 June 2021 - 25 June 2021