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Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific

image of Regional Cooperation for Sustainable Energy in Asia and the Pacific

This publication is the theme study for the 73rd session of commission to be held in May 2017. The main purpose of the publication is to call on policymakers in Asia and the Pacific for urgent actions to transition national energy sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly Goal 7. The energy sector transition is the only way to address the sizeable energy deficit which impede progress in energy access in a number of member countries. It will also address gaps between current commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change and lack of coherent energy strategic and policy frameworks and actions held back progress of SDG7.

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Progress and challenges towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encompasses a vision for a future which is safe, resilient, and sustainable. The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 SDGs, which are integrated and indivisible. SDG 7 aims to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” and has targets to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, all by 2030. SDG 7 presents interlinkages with the other 16 SDGs. Lack of progress in one sector may hinder the development and growth of other sectors. Therefore, a coordinated and integrated approach to energy transition needs to address social, economic, and environmental dimensions during implementation of SDG 7.

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