In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly forged a blueprint for sustainable development goals for the year 2030, including SDG 7, which focuses on affordable clean energy. How should we assess progress one-third of the way to 2030? How does the goal of affordable clean energy fit with climate objectives that are being pursued in 2021, as we prepare for the Glasgow conference of parties on climate change?

The Center on Global Energy Policy was pleased to host Damilola Ogunbiyi, Chief Executive Officer and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, and Jean-Paul Adam, Director, Climate Change, Natural Resource Management and Technology at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, for a fireside chat with Jonathan Elkind, CGEP Senior Research Scholar, to address these questions as part of our 7th Annual Columbia Global Energy Summit.