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United Nations launches new energy progress report and regional SDG7 policy briefs

Bangkok - 04 Jun 2020

News Number: G/17/2020

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The Group of Friends for Sustainable Energy launched today the Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report and a series of Policy Briefs on SDG 7.

SDG7 is at the core of the 2030 Agenda as access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is interlinked to many of the Sustainable Development Goals, including poverty eradication, food security, health, education, prosperity, jobs, transport, gender equality, and climate change. Failure to transition to sustainable energy systems will jeopardize the fight against climate change and threaten human well-being and economies for decades. Clean and sustainable energy will be at the heart of COVID-19 responses building back better and recovery plans to make the world more resilient and sustainable.

Published annually, the Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report provides the most comprehensive review at the world’s progress towards global energy targets on access to electricity, clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prepared by the custodian agencies for the SDG 7 indicators - the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO) – this year’s report gives the international community the latest global dashboard to register progress on the SDG7 targets.

For the third time, a series of Policy Briefs on SDG 7 and its interlinkages with other SDGs, have also been compiled by the multi-stakeholder SDG7 Technical Advisory Group, composed of experts from governments, United Nations Development Systems, International Organisations and other stakeholders, convened by DESA, in support of the High Level Political Forum, the Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs, the implementation of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024 and other related processes.

The Policy Brief on Advancing SDG7 in Asia and the Pacific was prepared by ESCAP in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the custodian agencies for the SDG 7 indicators.

The Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report can be accessed at:

The Policy Brief on Advancing SDG7 in Asia and the Pacific can be accessed at:

Visit the Asia-Pacific Energy Portal at for the latest SDG7 indicators, 200+ data sets, interactive map of 7,000+ power plants and 3,000 policy documents across Asia and the Pacific.

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