IRENA at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

09 – 18 July 2019 |New York, United States of America

The United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) is the central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At this year's Forum, IRENA co-hosted the following events:

High-level side event on ‘Scaling up climate action through clean energy transitions: Delivering on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs’

When: 18:20 – 20.00 pm, 16 July
Where: Conference Room 7, United Nations Headquarters

This high-level side event was co-convened by UN DESA, the European Union, the Permanent Mission to the UN of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and the International Renewable Energy Agency. 

The event built on the 2019 edition of the SDG7 Policy Briefs, Tracking SDG7 Energy Progress Report 2019 edition, the work of the SDG7 Technical Advisory Group and UN-Energy, the High-Level Dialogue on the implementation of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024: A Mid-Point Review, as well as the Climate Summit preparatory meeting in Abu Dhabi, and findings of the first Global Conference to strengthen synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement in April 2019 in the UN City in Copenhagen. The outcomes from this discussion will feed into the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit and the SDG Summit in September.

High-level side event on ‘Scaling up climate action through clean energy transitions: Delivering on the Paris Agreement and the SDGs’

When: 1:15 – 2.30 pm, 17 July
Where: Conference Room F, United Nations Headquarters

This side event was organized by Saint Lucia, Samoa, Maldives, the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

The event marked the launch of the policy brief on “Achieving SDG 7 in Small Island Developing States” and pave the way for the Mid-term Review of the SAMOA Pathway taking place in September 2019. It took stock of recent developments with respect to energy transition and renewable energy uptake in SIDS. The side event also explored the energy climate nexus and looked at the vital elements in making progress in the area of sustainable energy, which would contribute to the overall sustainable development of SIDS in the remaining 5 years of the Samoa Pathway.  

See Programme and Speakers

For more information on the events and other IRENA engagements at HLPF, please contact IRENA’s New York Office at