Welcome to our special consultation on the
High-Level Dialogue on Energy: Youth Perspectives!
We are excited to welcome you to this special online consultation!
You can participate in any language. Simply click the button on the top right: "Select Your Language" to translate all the content.
If you are not yet registered for SparkBlue, click here! You will then be able to join this group.
In the discussion rooms (below), you will engage with other young energy activists, including the youth officially nominated to participate in the HLDE Technical Working Groups (TWGs). The technical working groups are:
- Energy Access: Discussing reliable and affordable clean energy access for every household, a basic necessity which 1.1billion people globally still live without.
- Energy Transition: Discussing the transformation of the energy sector from harmful climate-change-causing fossil fuels to renewable energy.
- Enabling SDGs through inclusive, just energy transitions: Interlinking with the other SDGs and where we need to prioritize, placing humans at the center.
- Innovation, technology and data: Discussing innovation and tech, especially through entrepreneurship as a solution to reaching SDG7.
- Finance and investment: Addressing how public and private funds can be rapidly mobilized to achieve SDG7.
Our lead youth moderators will draw on your recommendations in the Discussion Rooms to prepare their recommendations on the second drafts of the official Technical Working Groups.
It is therefore critical that we get as many young people active in the discussions as possible to ensure we have representation from many diverse groups, as well as an enriched set of recommendations. This is our chance to influence the High-Level Dialogue on Energy!
Official launch on April 12. Open until 30 April.
Join the Networking Lounge discussion space below today!
For the first time in forty years, the UN Secretary General has called a High-Level Dialogue on Energy (the last was in 1981!) to discuss the urgency of meeting SDG7. This is a momentous opportunity to push the world into action, however, there is also considerable resistance and many challenges.
Right now, countries face a critical decision: invest at scale in a socio-economic recovery driven by fossil fuels, doubling down on humanity’s collision course with nature, or invest at scale in the future -- a green economy fueled by renewable energy – to reduce poverty and inequality as well as take a giant step towards ending the climate crisis.
The choices made in 2021 will either accelerate or stall progress towards the next generation of jobs and infrastructure, and equitable, resilient economies without energy poverty. A focus on SDG 7 can supercharge a Decade of Action and the realization of all SDGs, which the world committed to meet by 2030, while facilitating the implementation of the Paris Agreement ratified by 190 countries to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. This is a defining moment. That is why UNDP is taking steps to ensure that civil society perspectives, in particular youth, are included in the preparations for the United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Energy.
Young people globally are invited to join and add their voice to the 5 e-discussion rooms below. We want to amplify the voices of young people and hear youth perspectives on sustainable development.
We want to make sure we give more young people a chance to influence the work of the TWGs through our youth champions, and more broadly, to support young energy champions to refine their expertise, share knowledge and connect them with future networking and funding opportunities for their ideas.
Our work does not end on April 30. We now have a live network of young energy activists and we look forward to deciding together, with you, on the next steps for UNDP energy's partnership with young people.