This publication is the latest and most thoroughly updated regional edition of the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) Regional Tracking Report which addresses access to sustainable and modern energy for all. Developed by ESCWA, it aims to help build capacity in the Arab region, through access to information, with the aim of strengthening proactive policy to improve energy security, enhance resilience in the face of climate change and mainstream sustainable development goals into regional and national policy processes.
This report tracks progress in SDG 7 at Arab regional and country levels through the three main indicators of energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. It also traces the interlinkages between progress in SDG 7 and SDG 13 on climate action.
Achieving SDG 7 in the Arab region constitute one of the most fundamental challenges across all Arab countries in the coming decades: it requires a significantly scale-up of progress in renewable energy and in decoupling regional growth from energy consumption. This must be done through improved energy efficiency and increasing productivity of energy use while, at the same time, protecting the climate and ensuring a healthy planet for future generations.