Championing gender equality for a just and inclusive energy transition

Side event at the SDG7 Action Forum 

Host of the event: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Co‐organizers: Gender and Energy Compact (UNIDO, ENERGIA, GWNET) and SEforALL
Date: 18th September 2023
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 am EST / 17:00 – 18:00 CEST
Format: Hybrid event
Location: SEforALL Office, 575 Lexington Ave, New York | Room 17A
For online participation click here.

Gender equality is a priority for many governments across various sectors, including energy. This is due to the understanding that women’s empowerment is critical for sustainable energy for all. It’s also recognized that gender diversity in the workforce and decision-making processes enhances economic productivity and creativity. These factors are essential for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate targets. However, as we approach the halfway point of Agenda 2030, it’s clear that significant gender gaps still exist. Therefore, immediate government action is required to ensure that the achievement of SDG7 doesn’t leave anyone behind.

In 2021, a significant milestone was achieved with the establishment of the Gender and Energy Compact. This multi-stakeholder initiative focuses on high-impact actions and brings together various stakeholders, including government bodies, private sector entities, financial institutions, academic institutions, civil society organizations, youth groups, intergovernmental organizations, and media outlets. Their collective commitment is to catalyze actions that foster gender equality and empower women, thereby accelerating a just, inclusive, and clean energy transition. The Compact has garnered extensive support from over eighty five organizations and has been endorsed by ten governments.

In line with the objectives of the ENERGYNOW SDG7 Action Forum 2023, which emphasizes the need to strengthen partnerships and take collective action, the government of Norway will host a hybrid side event in collaboration with ENERGIA, UNIDO, and SEforALL. This event will provide a platform for these champion governments to showcase their progress as well as reaffirm and strengthen their commitment towards achieving an equitable and inclusive energy transition that benefits all societal segments.