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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 provides an overview of progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is prepared by the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in cooperation with the United Nations system and based on current available data and information. This third edition of the annual report contains an in-depth review of the six Goals related to the 2018 theme of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF): Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies as well as an overview with key findings for all 17 Goals of the SDGs.

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

Recent advances in sustainable energy are encouraging signs for ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all. Access to electricity is outpacing population growth in many countries. In addition, energy efficiency continues to improve, which is offsetting carbon dioxide emissions, reducing energy demand and making energy more affordable. Although renewable energy in the electricity sector has advanced rapidly, accelerated progress is also needed in the areas of transport, heating and cooling. Despite some steps forward, 41 per cent of the world’s population still lack access to clean cooking fuels and technologies. Overall, progress on Goal 7 remains too slow to be on track to meet the global energy targets for 2030.

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