Never has international cooperation been more important to enhance the understanding of sustainable energy and the choices available for achieving sustainable energy, to promote a policy dialogue, and to raise awareness of the different outcomes that could emerge over time. The Executive Secretaries of the five United Nations Regional Commissions have called on their Member States to accelerate the transition to a new, sustainable and fair energy system, tailored to both national policies and global needs in the 2030 Agenda context.
The new global sustainable development agenda requires countries to pursue concerted and accelerated action on energy in their national programmes in order to meet the challenge of sustainable energy. In order to understand the full implications of the development imperatives, countries need to understand what has been agreed both in their own national contexts and from others’ perspectives. Only then can the diverse development pathways be pursued efficiently. The Eighth Forum in Astana provides the opportunity to reflect on the agreements and activities to date and further pursue a common agenda towards meeting the challenge. The objective of the Eighth Forum is therefore to build on the previous outcomes and experiences and to agree on potential solutions at an Energy Ministerial at the outset of the Eighth Forum, as a major stepping stone in the history of this international fora process.
The Fifth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development called for a deep long-term transition to a sustainable energy future, and the Sixth Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development set out the following five concrete steps the United Nations Regional Commissions could take. The Seventh Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development had aim to define the challenges ahead and develop a concrete roadmap for the international community to achieve common goals.