The present report serves to inform the ECOSOC high-level segment in July 2022. It complements report E/2022/57 on this year’s theme. It aims to support policymakers in looking beyond todays’ crises and emergencies and reflecting on scenarios on how the world can reach the SDGs and its climate change objectives. It responds to the General Assembly mandate for ECOSOC High-Level Segment. It builds on the call of the Secretary-General in his report on Our Common Agenda that “We must make full use of our unprecedented capacity to predict and model the impact of policy decisions over time”.

The report takes stock of recent technological and policy trends and their impacts on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It concludes that the world’s actions in the past year have largely not been in line with the global “best case scenario” (low energy demand (LED) better futures scenario) highlighted in previous reports E/2020/60 and E/2021/61. Yet, it also points out a number of positive developments that indicate a possible acceleration of the global sustainable energy transition and policy action towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while promoting energy access, as an enabler for all SDGs.

The report further outlines a new possible Sustainable Development Pathway (SDP) developed by eminent scientists that would allow realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and global climate aspirations. This Sustainable Development Pathway would result from policies that build on new insights on synergies and trade-offs among the SDGs and pursue decent living standards for all. It would also be made possible by the use of a wide range of new technologies. This includes notably using the large untapped potential of digital innovations aimed at responding better and more effectively to the needs of consumers and at improving the related products and other processes. It offers an inclusive and effective path E/2022/58 2/19 for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the context of the Decade of Action and Delivery for sustainable development. It identifies a number of urgent actions that should be taken today in order to deliver sustainable development and our climate objectives in the coming years and by 2050.






Published May 2022

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