SDG7 Action Forum: Championing Gender Equality for a Just and Inclusive Energy Transition
With only seven years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is in peril. Just 15 per cent of the SDG targets are on track. Progress on 50 per cent is weak and insufficient, while we have stalled or gone into reverse on more than 30 per cent of the SDGs. At the same time, the climate crisis is spiraling out of control, moving towards overshooting the 1.5°C tipping point above pre-industrial levels by 2035 if the current trends continue.
Energy is an essential ingredient for getting the world back on track towards meeting the SDGs and the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The review of SDG7 at the 2023 HLPF has underscored that although currently off track, it is still possible to achieve SDG7 by 2030. But we must immediately accelerate and scale up our collective efforts and investments to achieve universal energy access by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.
The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Week 2023 marks a crucial milestone in the journey towards putting back on track the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement. At the General Debate, the SDG Summit, the SG’s Climate Ambition Summit and other high-level meetings and events, Heads of State and Government and other world leaders will gather to explore solutions to the intertwined global challenges to advance peace, security, and sustainable development.
In support of these efforts, ENERGYNOW SDG7 Action Forum 2023 will take place during 13- 22 September 2023 at and around UN Headquarters in New York and virtually. As a platform to connect all stakeholder groups, including decision makers and practitioners, in support of driving momentum and mobilizing action, this year’s Forum will be a composite of events and discussions taking place over the course of two weeks. This approach underscores the need to strengthen partnerships and take collective action. The Forum will feature the announcement of new commitments, including new and strengthened Energy Compacts; discuss progress and next steps on the implementation of the UN- Energy Plan of Action Towards 2025, showcase success stories and best practices; and strengthen multistakeholder dialogue in support of accelerated SDG7 action.
As a part of the ENERGYNOW SDG7 Action Forum, UN Energy is hosting a Championing Gender Equality for a Just and Inclusive Energy Transition event that was co-organized by Norway, Energia, UNIDO and SEforALL.
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