UN ‘Energy Plan of Action’

Recently, the United Nations launched the “UN-Energy Plan of Action Towards 2025” and “Energy Compact Action Network”.

What is the UN-Energy Plan of Action?

It sets out a framework for collective action by nearly 30 UN and international organizations.

What is the aim of the UN-Energy Plan of Action?

The aim is to achieve the massive pledge made by the organizations at the time of the High-level Dialogue on Energy last September.

What were the commitments made?

  • To support 500 million more people to gain access to electricity.
  • To support 1 billion more people to gain access to clean cooking solutions.
  • To ensure a 100% increase in renewables capacity globally.
  • To ensure there are no new coal power plants in the pipeline after 2021.
  • To facilitate 30 million jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2025.
  • To ensure doubling annual clean energy investment globally.

What are the seven areas identified by the UN-Energy Plan of Action?

  • Scaling up collective UN-Energy action to ensure just, inclusive energy transitions.
  • Catalysing multi-stakeholder partnerships by scaling up Energy Compacts, including through the Energy Compact Action Network.
  • Growing the momentum, by spearheading a global campaign for Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) action.
  • Leading by example, by greening UN-Energy organizations’ operations.
  • Convening an annual Global SDG 7 Action Forum on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Week in September.
  • Informing global agenda-setting by providing analytical inputs and policy guidance to key intergovernmental processes.
  • Leveraging the power of data, digitalization, and visualization for strengthening monitoring, tracking, and accountability.

What is the aim of the Energy Compact Action Network?

To match those governments that are seeking support for their clean energy goals with those governments and businesses that pledged over $600 billion to support these commitments regarding clean energy.

What is Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7)?

It is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2015. It aims to “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”

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