Development goals

UN sets sights on sustainable energy for all

Tim Altegör, 9 Oct 15
In late September, the UN member states agreed on a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the period from 2016 to 2030. The new agenda is broader in scope, replacing the eight MDGs with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are applicable to all countries.

In addition to combating hunger and poverty, the SDGs include “access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” The previous document had enshrined a more general commitment to “ensure ecological sustainability”. Measures to fight climate change now also feature on the list, although it is acknowledged that this is primarily the remit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The agenda reiterates the industrialised nations’ commitment to pay EUR 100 billion into a Green Climate Fund every year from 2020 to support developing countries’ efforts to fight climate change, but stops short of going into greater detail: climate protection measures are to be “integrated into national policies”, while the share of renewables is to be “substantially increased”.

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