Global SDG 7 Conference

February 21, 2018 — February 23, 2018   |   Bangkok, Thailand

Energy is inextricably interlinked to many Sustainable Development Goals, including poverty eradication, food security, clean water and sanitation, health, education, prosperity, jobs creation, and the empowerment of youth and women. Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is fundamental to human development. A shift toward sustainable energy solutions is also essential to the achievement of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. In recognition of the fundamental role of sustainable energy in achieving almost all of Sustainable Development Goals, a global preparatory meeting in support of the review of SDG7 at the 2018 UN High-level Political Forum will be held from 21-23 February 2018 in Bangkok, UN ESCAP.

Recognizing the importance of energy for sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda has established the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), the first-ever universal goal on energy, with five targets on access, efficiency, renewables and means of implementation. SDG7 represents a significant milestone, especially since the Millennium Development Goals from 2000 did not include an energy goal.  Energy is – for the first time – recognized as a core part of the global sustainable development agenda of the United Nations system.

The ambition of the 2030 Agenda, including the goal and targets on energy, calls for equally ambitious means of implementation, including enabling environments, effective institutions, technology transfer, capacity building, scaled-up financing and multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve sustainable development.  

The conference will take place on 21 - 23 February 2018 at UN Conference Centre in Bangkok hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). It will consist of plenary sessions, alongside break-out interactive segments. Side-events will be organized on 21 February 2018. Details on the arrangements will be made and announced in due course. 

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