ACCESS statement for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, July 2018. Modern energy is an enabler of sustainable development. Energy services have greatest poverty-reducing impact when they address the wider development needs of communities and are integrated with initiatives on food security, health, education and livelihoods.
In 2017, the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative highlighted the potentially transformative benefits of the ‘energy access dividend’ across a range of SDGs, including ending poverty, reducing inequality, ending hunger, ensuring healthy lives, and inclusive and equitable education. Providing energy for small and micro businesses and smallholder farmers, key productive sectors for poor and marginal groups, can also boost inclusive economic development when combined with other forms of support.