Symposium on Progress towards SDG 7 and its Interlinkages with other SDGs in support of First Review of SDG7 during the 2018 High-Level Political Forum

28 Jun 2017 to 30 Jun 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is fundamental to human development and is also a necessary investment in our collective future. Energy is inextricably linked to most of the global challenges now and in the future, including poverty, food security, clean water, public health, education, economic growth, youth’s and women’s empowerment, and climate change.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, which jointly constitute a comprehensive plan of action to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable development. SDG7 is a first-ever universal goal on energy, with five targets on access, efficiency, renewables and means of implementation.

Member States will undertake periodic in-depth reviews, including through the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), to assess progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs through the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), with SDG7 in focus in 2018. This will serve as a first critical milestone towards 2030, and, coupled with the VNRs, as an important opportunity to take stock of progress to-date including energy’s linkages with other Sustainable Development Goals, and reflect on the way forward to accelerate SDG7 implementation.

With the overarching objective of contributing to the first global review of SDG 7 in the 2018 HLPF, the UN system will organise a series of Symposiums and Meetings in 2017 and 2018 to be conducted in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa.

These proposed events will provide a platform to discuss major issues related to progress on SDG7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, such as health, education, gender, food, water, humanitarian response and climate change. Each symposium is expected to highlight a few of these interlinkages to allow in-depth discussions. Taken together, they will provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange among Member States and the UN system for advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including through supporting the preparations of the Voluntary National Reviews, especially towards HLPF 2018.

A synthesis from the discussions from these events this year will be prepared to provide inputs to a Preparatory Meeting in support of the global review of SDG7, to be held on 7-8 December 2017 at the UN HQs in New York.