Sustainable Energy Goal set for the post-2015 UN Development Agenda

The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG-SDG) proposes “Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all” as Sustainable Development Goal. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly at its 68th session in September.

While the timeframe set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is running out in 2015, the process of preparing the goals of the post-2015 UN development agenda is fully on track. Contrary to the old goals, the new “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) will broaden the focus from social to sustainability goals in general, including economic and ecological targets. Thus also the regional focus of the SDGs shifts from the poorest countries to including all countries, also the rich. The “Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals” (OWG-SDG) was mandated to develop a SDG proposal to be presented to the 68th UN General Assembly in the upcoming session in September.

We are happy to announce that Sustainable Energy made it into the proposal, which was approved by the OWG-SDG in its final session on 19th of July, acknowledging the importance of the issue for the future. According to Kandeh Yumkella, CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) and chair of UN-Energy, “Sustainable Energy is the golden thread that links poverty eradication, equitable economic growth and a healthy environment”.

Proposed goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all

7.1 by 2030 ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services

7.2 increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030

7.3 double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030

7.a by 2030 enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced and cleaner fossil fuel technologies, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technologies

7.b by 2030 expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, particularly LDCs and SIDS

Since the targets are largely consistent with the Secretary-General’s SE4All initiative it also appears likely that SE4All will play a major role in supporting and implementing the target. And, being part of the new main development agenda of the UN, Sustainable Energy is expected to gain political momentum and much stronger public attention in the future (source: IISD, Summary of the thirteenth session of the UN general assembly open working group on sustainable development goals).

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