Achieving targets on energy helps meet other Global Goals, UN forum told

PresseBox.de flickr
A UNEP solar energy system, the largest of its type in Africa.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today, including poverty eradication, gender equality, adaptation to climate change, food security, health, education, sustainable cities, jobs and transport, speakers told a key United Nations forum on sustainable development on Tuesday.

“We believe that what we need going forward is to strengthen ambition, strengthen action and strengthen cooperation,” said Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, on the second day of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The Forum, which will run through 18 July, aims to examine progress already made by dozens of countries towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – adopted by 193 Member States in 2015 – and discuss the remaining challenges and the best way forward.

Mr. Amin moderated an afternoon session that focused on Goal 7 – ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, highlighting how the increasing use of sustainable energy has become a tangible reality in many countries, including Portugal, where the whole country can now be powered through renewable resources.

The Forum featured a statistical presentation by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), whose representative said that despite improved access to electricity globally, nearly one billion people continue to live without electricity while about 3 billion people lack access to clean-cooking solutions and are exposed to dangerous levels of indoor air pollution.

Panellists discussed how achieving SDG 7 will galvanize actions to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change, and how women are disproportionately affected by indoor air pollution caused by the use of fuels such as coal and wood indoors.

The Forum meets annually under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, including a three-day ministerial segment, and is due to meet once every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government, under the auspices of the UN General Assembly.

Under the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, this year’s Forum focuses on six of the 17 goals:

Goal 6: To ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Goal 7: To provide access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Goal 11: To make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Goal 12: To ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Goal 15. To protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity loss.

Goal 17. To strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Reducing deforestation means getting serious about environmental crime

The company of the future must do well by doing good

Afghanistan: top UN official denounces ‘extreme’ suffering of civilians in Ghazni

Pandemic and mental health: what to do in this context?

This brewery is ditching plastic six-pack rings to save marine life

Tourism and transport: Commission’s guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism in 2020 and beyond

Do we need a new Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after COVID-19?

Our food system is no longer fit for the 21st century. Here are three ways to fix it

Music is a vital urban resource. How do we plan for it?

It’s people, not technology, that will decide the future of work

‘Growing alarm’ over Fall Armyworm advance, with cash crops ‘under attack’ across Asia

Top UN official urges Russia and Ukraine to step away from further confrontation at sea

IMF: How To Deal With Failed Banks

Somalia: UN urges steps to ensure future elections not ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls

A sterilised EMU may lead to a break up of Eurozone

Costa Rica has doubled its tropical rainforests in just a few decades. Here’s how

Migrant caravan: UN agency helping ‘exhausted’ people home

Here are 4 tips for governing by design in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

4 ways the way we make things can change for a sustainable world

The European Parliament launches a website on European election results

10 predictions for the global economy in 2019

Migrants and refugees are being forgotten in the COVID-19 response. This has to change

UN pushes for universal health care on International Day

Not much of a help the new EU Directive on pensions

EU Budget 2019: MEPs increase funding on youth, migration and research

Amid troop build-up in Rohingya’s home state, UN appeals to Myanmar for peaceful solution

Copyright: MEPs update rules for the digital age

JADE Romania Celebrates the 4th Anniversary

2,300 migrant children in Central American ‘caravan’ need protection, UNICEF says

Statement by President Tajani on US steel and aluminium duties

The ECB accuses the politicians of inaction, continues injecting billions to banks

The eyes of Brazil and the world turn to the largest rainforest and largest biodiversity reserve on Earth #PrayForAmazonia.

COP25: Support business efforts to tackle climate change, urges Guterres

Women-Friendly Spaces for Rohingya refugees: A place for protection and care

Nine children killed or maimed in Afghanistan every day: UN Children’s Fund

Protecting whistle-blowers: new EU-wide rules approved

Charlie’s tragedy energized deeper feelings amongst Europeans; back to basics?

Skills, not job titles, are the new metric for the labour market

Direction Wakanda: finance methods to make Africa a superhero continent

‘The welfare of the Libyan people’ the UN’s sole agenda for the country, says Guterres in Tripoli

From diamonds to recycling: how blockchain can drive responsible and ethical businesses

The Parliament sets the way for the European Banking Union

Teenage girl’s death sentence spotlights Sudan’s failure to tackle forced marriage, gender-based violence – UN rights office

This heroic doctor is waging war on rape and the stigma around it

Questions & Answers on the coordination of measures restricting free movement in the European Union related to the coronavirus pandemic

How dearly will Germany pay for the Volkswagen emissions rigging scandal

Syria: UN food relief agency ‘doing everything we can’ to reach Idlib civilians

European Youth Forum and youngest MEPs call on President Juncker to keep his promise to Europe’s youth

6 ways countries can prepare for the next infectious disease pandemic

Ecofin: ‘The Friday battle’ for the banking union

Bank resolutions set to remain a national affair

The Junior Enterprise concept: Business & Education

7 ways to break the fast fashion habit – and save the planet

Coronavirus fears may have driven over 300,000 UK smokers to quit

These are the countries that eat the most meat

Commission reports on the risks of investor citizenship and residence schemes in the EU and outlines steps to address them

The health of the human being in coexistence with a transformative biosphere

Quality education an ‘essential pillar’ of a better future, says UN chief

IFMSA and IPSF on the Health of Migrants and Refugees

International community has achieved unprecedented success fighting offshore tax evasion

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s