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Clean power is key to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a political forum getting underway in New York today will hear.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is highlighting its role at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.

“Renewables are transforming the global energy system at a rapid pace moving us towards a new age of energy. This shift promises to not only support our long-term climate objectives but it also contributions to the realisation of a number of other key development goals,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, who will moderate the official SDG 7 review session during the HLPF on 10th July. “Renewable energy is supporting economic growth, creating jobs and improving health and welfare in addition mitigating climate change and delivering energy access. The energy transformation’s multifaceted benefits can be realised if we put renewables at the heart of global efforts to achieve the SDGs and we accelerate the speed of their adoption.”

The meeting, which is on at UN headquarters New York from July 9-18, has the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. IRENA will argue for the acceleration of clean power deployment to help achieve SDG 7 – access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all; and the goals, like SDG 3 – health; jobs and growth, SDG 8; and climate action – SDG 13.

The industries and ecosystems we feature are key to delivering a sustainable future, with Joanna Dupont-Inglis, EuropaBio Deputy Secretary General writing for us this month about biotech and the UN Global Goals; and it must be a key priority for all business sectors.

 

“Businesses that want to be around in the future need to make sure they have dynamic systems-based business models, and include the SDGs as the foundation that provides the resilience to hold their business together well beyond 2030,” added Marc Buckley, a leading UN SDG advocate.