Launch of the 2020 SDG7 Energy Progress Report & 2020 SDG7 Policy Briefs

Thursday 4 June at 9 - 11 am EST.

The Group of Friends of Sustainable Energy would like to invite you to the High-Level Virtual Launch of the SDG7 Tracking Report and the SDG7 Policy Briefs on Thursday June 4th, 9-11am (EDT)

Please find the concept note with the agenda here (.pdf).

The launch will be held on WebEx, and can also be seen on

Read more: Statement by president of ECOSOC, Norway's Ambassador Mona Juul.


Welcoming remarks by Group of Friends of Sustainable Energy

  • Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ethiopia
  • Dan Jørgensen, Minister of Climate, Energy & Utilities, Denmark
  • Rasmus Prehn, Minister of Development Cooperation, Denmark
  • Omar Ayub Khan, Minister of Energy, Pakistan
  • Aksel Jacobsen, Deputy Minister of International Development, Norway

Special remarks

  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy

Remarks by ECOSOC president

  • Ambassador Mona Juul, President of ECOSOC

Global Launch: Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report

Key note remarks

  • Francesco La Camera, Director-General, IRENA

Presentation of main findings

  • Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank (TBC)
  • Maria Neira, Director Public Health and Environment, WHO
  • Rabia Ferroukhi, Director Knowledge, Policy and Finance, IRENA
  • Dave Turk, Acting Deputy Executive Director, IEA
  • Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistics Division

About the report

The new Tracking SDG 7:
The Energy Progress Report is written by the SDG7 custodians: the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank, and the World Health Organization (WHO). The preparatory process of the 2020 edition was chaired by IRENA.

The Report finds that significant progress had been made on various aspects of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 prior to the start of the COVID-19 crisis. This includes a notable reduction in the number of people worldwide lacking access to electricity, strong uptake of renewable energy for electricity generation, and improvements in energy efficiency. Despite accelerated progress over the past decade, however, the world will fall short of ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030 unless efforts are scaled up significantly. The effects of the COVID-19 crisis threaten to further undermine global efforts at a time when the response to COVID-19 intensifies the urgency to expand sustainable energy solutions worldwide.

The report presents policymakers and development partners with global, regional and country-level data to inform decisions and identify priorities that contribute to scaling up affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for a sustainable recovery.

The Report’s key findings are further elaborated upon in the communication below and the report can be accessed at

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