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Moving Ahead: Driving Action on SDG #7 at COP22

MARRAKECH, Morocco - COP22 closed with renewed calls to fast-track action and maintain the highest possible level of ambition in combating climate change, while ensuring universal access to sustainable energy.

This year’s UN climate change conference was held less than a year after the Sustainable Development Goals came into force and the historic Paris Agreement was struck at COP21 – an Agreement that came into effect just days before the Marrakech talks opened.

Energy Day at COP22: Energy Leaders from Around the World Showcase Accelerated Action to Achieve a Just Climate Future for All

Business and policy leaders came together during the opening week of COP22 in Marrakesh for Energy Day to demonstrate action on global efforts to decarbonize our energy system.

Energy Day was part of a series of thematic days taking place during the Moroccan climate talks – hosted by Climate Champions Laurence Tubiana and Hakima El Haité – and held under the auspices of the COP22 Presidency.

‘Promises made must be promises kept” as Paris Agreement comes into force

The landmark Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today, 4 November 2016, having crossed by a wide mark the threshold of being ratified by at least 55 countries and by countries representing at least 55% of global emissions.

“The Paris Agreement offers us a world with cleaner air, healthier communities, more jobs and energy for all. Now we must seize that better world - and leave no one behind,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General.

“Promises made must be promises kept.”

Paris Agreement Ratification Tracker

The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force on 4 November, 2016, having crossed the threshold of being ratified by at least 55 countries and covering at least 55% of global emissions.
The ratification process is continuing, with 92 countries completing this step as of 1 November. Check out progress with Climate Analytics’ Ratification Tracker and see how many more countries have signaled they intend to ratify this year.

Electricity in Africa can be both affordable and profitable – World Bank report

A new World Bank study outlines how Sub-Saharan Africa’s struggling power utilities can be financially viable and at the same time make electricity access affordable for the poor.

Currently, only one in three Africans has access to electricity and for those who do, power outages can be common as cash-strapped utilities struggle to maintain steady, reliable supply because of lack of investment in their aging infrastructure.

Asia, seize the chance for a low-carbon future

Strong leadership and smart policymaking will be necessary for Asia to make the transition to this new world, where lives, livelihoods and businesses are transformed.

On Nov 4, the historic Paris Agreement on climate change will enter into force. There are both challenges and opportunities for Asia in taking the ambition of the Paris Agreement to build stronger and more inclusive, cleaner economies - and in doing so, transform lives, livelihoods and businesses across the region.