Policymakers and civil society to convene at global UN energy conference in Bangkok

21-23 February 2018 Bangkok, Thailand

Ministers, senior UN officials and civil society representatives from around the world will convene in Bangkok this week for the Global SDG7 Conference, where they will identify trends and gaps towards 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. Recognizing the importance of energy for sustainable development, SDG7 has been established as the first-ever universal goal on energy, and includes targets for access, renewables and energy efficiency.

Against this backdrop, the Conference aims to align development efforts among all stakeholders, including governments, the private sector and civil society, in support of SDG7 and the 2030 Agenda. Delegates will discuss key issues related to progress on the Goal and its interlinkages with other SDGs, including health, education, gender, food, water, humanitarian response and climate change.

The Global SDG7 Conference will also provide substantive input to the 2018 High-level Political Forum - the United Nations' annual global gathering for reviewing commitments toward sustainable development, scheduled for 13 July in New York.

Over 1,000 participants are expected to attend the Conference, which is being co-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, at the UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok.

Notes to Editors: You or your representatives are cordially invited to attend.

High-level attendees
• Ms. Marie Chatardová, Seventy-Third President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
• Mr. Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
• Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
• Mr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy, Thailand
• Ms. Marianne Hagen, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
• Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
• Mr. Adnan Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency
• Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)

Media Highlights

Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Full day of side events organization by 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

Visit the event page for more: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/EnergyConference

Media Accreditation
For media registration, please provide the following information (First Name; Last Name; Nationality; ID/Passport Number; Email Address; Mobile No; Organization/New Agency, as well as the latest electronic copy of a passport-sized photo for the badge) and send to: escap-scas@un.org.

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