Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential.

Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet.

The UN is leading a Sustainable Energy for All initiative to ensure universal access to modern energy services, improve efficiency and increase use of renewable sources.

Learn more about SDG 7, including facts, figures, targets and links to more information.

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the entire working age population.

Learn more about SDG 8, including facts, figures, targets and links to more information.


Sustainable Development Goal #7 | Affordable & Clean Energy | Youth4GlobalGoals

Published on Jul 6, 2016

Here is how my morning routine looks like: I wake up, brush my teeth, get the coffee, read the latest news, charge my laptop and drive to school. How would this change if as 1.8 billion people in the world, I was deprived of electricity? How do YOU feel knowing that 3.2 billion people globally still use wood charcoal, animal or crop waste to cook their food and heat their homes. The world needs a light-bulb moment to change this. And guess what, this moment is now.