SELF and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In late September, the United Nations held its Sustainable Development Summit whereby it unveiled its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that are designed to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The UN states that, “They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet.”

For those of us who have been fighting energy poverty, this is a big deal. In fact, it’s a big deal for anyone who cares about poverty alleviation, women’s empowerment, healthcare, education, and the use of renewable energy to achieve all of those.

Energy access or renewable energy was not included as a Millennium Development Goal when the MDGs were first announced by the UN in 2000.  Ever since then, however, there has been a growing consensus that none of the MDGs can be achieved without access to modern energy services. So, SELF is happy to see the SDGs includes renewables because energy is essential for life, for achieving the MDGs, and for safeguarding a broad range of basic human rights.

SELF is committed to fighting energy poverty through the use of solar power, and we are committed more than ever to using solar to achieve each of the SDGs.

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