Energy is central to economic development, social progress, and environmental sustainability. Progress towards many of the SDGs including poverty eradication, better health and education, women empowerment, clean water, and food security depend on the energy goal. Achieving climate targets as outlined in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) will also remain unmet without energy sector transformation. Advancing these intertwined energy, climate, and development goals requires innovative business models and unlocking finance, integrated approaches and strong partnerships. This session brings together different stakeholders including policy makers, financiers, and the private sector to highlight key challenges and opportunities in advancing SDG7 and the NDCs.