Leaders from government, business, civil society and international organizations gathered 2-3 May 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal for the 2018 Sustainable Energy for All Forum.
The 2018 Forum, “Leaving No One Behind”, took place at a pivotal juncture for accelerating progress on global sustainable energy goals — under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 — and the Paris Climate Agreement. At stake are significant populations that are missing out on education, health, jobs and broader economic opportunities because they do not have access to clean, affordable energy. Closing these energy gaps — especially for ‘last mile’ populations — is the Forum‘s imperative.
The agenda focuses on sharing the latest evidence of scalable innovations in providing electricity access, accelerating renewable energy and improving energy efficiency in all corners of the world. It shines a spotlight on the urgency for bringing affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy to under-served populations, communities and regions that are at risk of being left behind in the global clean energy transition. These populations are especially vulnerable to energy poverty, climate impacts and other extreme economic challenges; yet they also lack a voice, finance and political capacity for changing their situation.
Hosted by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) at the Convento do Beato in Lisbon, the Forum examined the latest data on progress — or lack of — in achieving SDG7 goals.
A highlight is the launch of the Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report, which benchmarks annual progress towards achieving universal access to modern energy services, doubling renewable energy and improving energy efficiency by 2030.
The Sustainable Energy for All Forum is a marketplace featuring:
- An exhibition space that will allow SEforALL Partners to showcase their work
- A platform for leaders and organizations to share their latest announcements and ‘pitch’ bigger collaborations
- Diverse, cutting-edge voices from Africa and the Middle East, to South America and Asia who are all accelerating and scaling action at the local, national and international level
- Unique networking opportunities for brokering new partnerships between governments leaders, business CEOs and civil society leaders
- Regional and sector-focused discussions through 16 Partner Working Sessions
The forum showcased:
- Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report
- Updates from SEforALL Accelerators, including the People-Centered Accelerator and others focused on industry, business and efficiency
- A new interactive website that maps stakeholder engagement on gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment at the nexus of sustainable energy and climate change agendas
- The launch of a new report on socio-economic trends impacting the gendered uptake of energy access and SDG7
- Announcements from the Shine campaign