Mr. Liu Zhenmin Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Opening Remarks
Launch of the Analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews Relating to Sustainable Development Goal 7
UNFCCC/COP24 – SDG Pavilion

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to this event for the Launch of the Analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews Relating to Sustainable Development Goal 7 on Energy.

We are proud to host you in the first ever SDG pavilion in the history of a COP on climate change.

This pavilion attests to the critical importance we attach to synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

A sincere thanks to our partner, GEIDCO for their support in jointly making this pavilion happen.

I am delighted to launch a UN DESA analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews relating to SDG7 on energy.

SDG 7 is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda and a key enabler for delivering on other SDGs.

Achieving SDG 7 will benefit billions of people all over the world.

It will catalyse actions to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change. It will help achieve the other SDGs including poverty eradication, gender equality and sustainable cities and communities.

To review progress to date, the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development undertook the first review of SDG7 this year. We convened a conference last February in Bangkok.

The central message was unmistakable: progress on SDG7 has been insufficient so far.

There are two figures which tell the truth.

One is that one billion people still have no access to electricity around the world.

The other one is that transition for energy sector from traditional to clean and renewable is still slow.

This is why we must strengthen our efforts to deliver on SDG7.

This is why we conducted an analysis of the 46 voluntary national reviews submitted in 2018 to gain a better understanding of how countries are incorporating SDG7 into their sustainable development efforts.

The report highlights national efforts to promote modern energy access, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the measures to address the interlinkages between SDG 7 and other SDGs.

It is our hope that the best practices and lessons learned will provide valuable feedback for all countries and the international community.

We also hope that this analysis complements the findings from the 27 policy briefs on SDG7. These policy briefs were prepared by the SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group in support of the SDG7 review by the High-Level Political Forum.

Clean energy transitions are real. They are happening now in many parts of the world.

We must capitalize on this momentum to create a sustainable energy future for all.

DESA is cooperating with GEIDCO, an organization promoting energy interconnectivity throughout the world. GEIDCO is also promoting clean energy and renewable energy.

We look forward to working with all partners to assist countries in accelerating their objectives for clean energy, for renewable energy.

In that sense, we will be able to achieve SDG7 of the 2030 Agenda and that will contribute to achieve the other goals and the Paris Agreement.

I thank you again for joining this event.

I look forward to a very fruitful discussion.

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