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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EnergyNow SDG7 Action Forum

Energy leaders discussed challenges and opportunities related to the energy transition and took stock of progress on the over 185 voluntary Energy Compact commitments that were announced during the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy.
Event 23 September 2022

Global Launch – Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report 2022 and SDG7 Policy Briefs 2022

Speakers observed that these publications arrive at the half-way mark of the 2030 Agenda, as the world struggles to achieve the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as well as grappling with COVID-19 challenges and the “triple crisis” for food, energy and financing caused by the Ukraine crisis. Marie-Louise Koch Wegter, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN and Co-Chair of Group of Friends of Sustainable Energy, invited everyone to “act” after reading the 2022 publications.
Event 1 June 2022

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

Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2021

Convening under the theme “Where Action Meets Ambition,” the event aimed to spur action on 2030 and 2050 climate and energy goals.
Event 5 July 2021 - 7 July 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

High-Level Dialogue on Energy Technical Working Groups

Actors from UN and international agencies, national governments, and business, academic, and civil society organizations came together to provide input on five themes (energy access; energy transition; enabling SDGs through inclusive, just energy transitions; innovation, technology and data; and finance and investment) to inform the upcoming High-level Dialogue on Energy that will be held under the auspices of the UN General Assembly.
Event 22 February 2021 - 3 June 2021