Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum 2018 “Leaving No One Behind”
2-3 May 2018 – Lisbon, Portugal
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.