Objectives Of The Sixth Sustainable Development Goals

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Energy access is increasingly seen as a crucial driver for social and economic development and also assists with meeting basic human needs for food and shelter (IEA, 2004). Energy was not explicitly considered in the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 or the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation in 2002. However the link between energy services and poverty reduction was clearly identified, as energy services and modern cooking fuels improved as a result (UNDP, 2005, PG.8). January 2016 will bring into effect the United Nations (UN) 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world for the better by 2030. These goals are built on the millennium development goals which were introduced in September 2000 (UN, 2015). This paper aims to provide an overview of the seventh Sustainable development goal and associated targets in relation to energy, highlight the main issues that may arise in implementing and measuring these targets, and offering ideas to overcoming these obstacles. The UN have for the first time introduced a universal goal on energy, its builds on the international year of Sustainable Energy for All, an initiative which was launched by the united nations in 2012 (UN, 2011). The seventh Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all’’ is broken down into five targets, which the UN (2015, pg. 19) have stated as ‘’aspirational and global’’ but unfortunately provides no answer or definition to what
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