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Global SDG7 Conference on Energy opens in Bangkok on 21 February

escap15febThe Global SDG7 Conference on Energy will be held from 21 to 23 February in Bangkok, with stakeholders set to discuss progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on Energy.

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

Organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), along with the Ministry of Energy, Thailand, the Conference will provide a platform for stakeholder from across sectors to examine the trends and gaps toward the achievement of SDG7. This will include inter-linkages with other SDGs, means of implementation, including finance, capacity building and innovation, and key areas for policy action and collaboration.

Ministers and representatives from UN agencies and civil society will participate in the high-level segment from 22 to 23 February, where they will share leadership perspectives on accelerating SDG7 implementation. Over 1,000 participants are expected to attend.

The outcome of the Global SDG7 Conference will provide substantive input to the upcoming High-Level Political Forum in New York in July, which will serve as a first critical milestone to take stock of progress toward SDG7 to-date including energy’s linkages with other SDGs and reflect on the way forward to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

What: Global SDG7 Conference

Where: UN Conference Centre (UNCC), 76 Rajadamnern Nok Ave, Bangkok

When: 21 to 23 February 2018

Who: Heads of international organizations, senior ministers and officials and civil society organizations from the Asia-Pacific region

Media Highlights

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Full day of side events organization by various UN agencies and international organizations.

Thursday, 22 February 2018
09:00-10:30 Opening of the High-level Segment

10:30-12:00 High-level plenary on Achieving SDG7 Progress, Challenges and Opportunities

12:45-13:45 Special event on Progress toward SDG7: Are we on track?

14:00-15:30 Leadership Dialogues on Accelerating Progress toward SDG7: Sharing Experiences from the Ground

Friday, 23 February 2018
09:00-12:00 High-level Dialogue on Partnerships to Advance the Interlinkages between Energy and SDGs

12:45-13:45 Special Event on Roadmap toward SDG7 Review at HLPF 2018 and Beyond

Notes to Editors
Please note the above schedule is subject to change. The timetable is available on the conference website at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/EnergyConference/programme

Media Accreditation
For journalists outside of Thailand, please provide to the following to escap-scas@un.org by 7 February 2018 (First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email Address; Mobile Number; News Agency, and latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo). For all other journalists, the deadline is 15 February 2018.

Visit the event page for more information on visa requirements: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/17336Information_Notes_GLobal_SDG7_Conference.pdf

Interview Requests
For individual interview requests with senior UN officials or delegates, please contact the Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section at escap-scas@un.org.

For media enquiries, please contact: Ms. Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E: elles@un.org