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International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development


International Forum on Energy

Following adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, the world continues to explore how to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Meeting them will require countries to pursue concerted and accelerated actions. Energy is crucial here, from its role in the eradication of poverty through enabling development related to education, water supply and industrialization, to combating climate change. Delivering the energy needed for sustainable development will require implementation of transformational strategies and policies in all countries.

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13th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

2-4 December 2024
United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand

The 13th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development is scheduled to take place on 2-4 December 2024 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum will be jointly organized by the five United Nations Regional Commissions. More information at:

Almaty Energy Forum 2023
06 - 08 November 2023, Almaty - Kazakh British Technical University Kazakhstan

Building on the discussions and recommendations from the Almaty Energy Forum in 2022,  United Nations organizations – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - are strengthening its regional partnership to help countries in Central Asia accelerate energy transition.

12th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development
(hybrid, September-November 2022)

The International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development is a platform that provides context and enables clear-sighted action. The Twelfth Forum (IFESD-12) is organized jointly by the United Nations Regional Commissions in partnership with other international organizations. IFESD-12 will provide an opportunity for collaboration among the organizations of the United Nations system, governments, civil society, financial institutions, the private sector, and academia needed to integrate the responses to immediate challenges with meeting the objectives on sustainable energy. As last year, IFESD-12 will be organized as a series of workshops that will be conducted in a hybrid format (in-person and online participation) between September and November 2022.