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Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, universal access to energy is essential.

Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4All) to ensure universal access to modern energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources.

  • One in five people still lacks access to modern electricity
  • Nearly 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste for cooking and heating
  • Energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing the carbon intensity of energy is a key objective in long-term climate goals.

Energy is a key factor for sustainable development and poverty eradication

It is estimated that about 2.9 billion people have no access to modern energy services and over 1.1 billion have no electricity. Around 4.3 million people are dying prematurely every year due to household air pollution resulting from cooking and heating with smoky traditional fuels.

The challenge lies in finding ways to reconcile the need for modern energy services with their potential impact on the environment and the world’s natural resource base, in order to ensure sustainable development.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN Headquarters in New York to formally adopt the ambitious new Sustainable Development Goals. This agenda will be a launch pad for action by the international community and national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all people over the next 15 years.

Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on energy underpins progress on a large number of other SDGs, ranging from health and education to gender equality, economic growth and climate action.

The targets of SDG7 are consistent with SE4All’s objectives on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. With its huge network of partners across governments, business, international organisations, finance and civil society, SE4All stands ready to take a leading role in supporting implementation of SDG7, and to monitor and report on progress towards the Goal.