Hivos at the High-Level Political Forum 2018, New York

July 6, 2018

The UN High-Level Political Forum 2018 will set the stage for the first official review of SDG7 on access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Next to the official review process and a high-level segment including Voluntary National Reviews and the signing of the Ministerial Declaration, Hivos will organise and take part in a number of side-event and dialogues. Alongside high-level policy makers and practitioners we will press for progress on decentralised renewable energy solutions.

To speed up the delivery of energy across the world, decentralised renewable energy (DRE) is the most flexible and cost-effective solution. With locally generated energy through off-grid and mini-grids, DRE is a ‘leapfrog’ technology which is already transforming the energy sector in an environmentally and financially sustainable way. DRE is democratising markets, opening them to wider participation and competition, while reaching a much wider scope of delivery, providing access to those people living in poor and remote areas.

Progress and further action on SDG7 will be the at the front in this High-Level Political Forum 2018, taking place in New York from 9 to 18 July. The landmark event gathers leaders and energy frontrunners from governments, UN systems, private sector and civil society who will urge decision-makers to prioritise and speed up the delivery of sustainable energy access.

Hivos will participate and contribute to the HLPF together with ENERGIA, the government of Germany and our partners in the Brooklyn Coalition. These partners count the governments of the Netherlands, Kenya and Nepal; private sector companies SELCO and Schneider Electric; and civil society organisations Hivos, ENERGIA and SNV.


Hivos-ENERGIA will engage in the following events:

Side event: ENERGIA/ DFID: Gender and Energy Research Programme
Title: Gender in SDG7: Closing the knowledge gap
Date and time: 9 July 2018; 13:15- 14:45
Venue: UN DESA Secretariat building S-2727

Side event: ENERGIA, GACC and UN Foundation
Title: Women in Energy: Fueling Development
Date and time: 9 July 2018; 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: Trusteeship Chamber in the UN Conference Building

ENERGIA Breakfast session
Working title: Gender in SDG7: discussions with stakeholders and researchers on closing the knowledge gap
Date and time: 10 July, 8:00-9:00 am.
Venue: Scandinavian House

Official Review of SDG7
Date and time: 10 July 2018; 15:00-18:00
Venue: Conference Room 4
Panellist: Sheila Oparaocha (ENERGIA Director)

Event: Deliver for Good
Title: Partnerships that Deliver for Girls & Women
Date and time: 11 July 2018; 8:30-10:00
Venue: Scandinavian House
Panellist: Sheila Oparaocha (ENERGIA Director), table discussion host: Laerke Groennebaek (Hivos Programme Officer)

Hivos Breakfast Dialogue with the permanent mission of Germany to the UN
Title: Leaders for decentralised energy access – Accelerating the potential through a Global SDG7 Action Plan (only by invitation)
Date and time: 12 July 2018; 7:30-9:00
Venue: Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN

Side event: REN21 (+ Hivos, Germany, the Netherlands)
Title: Bridging and Building to a Renewable Energy Future: How to deliver at scale?
Date and time: 12 July 2018; 10:00-13:00
Venue: Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN

Side event: IRENA
Title: Off-grid renewable energy solutions for universal modern energy access
Date and time: 12 July 2018; 13:15-14:45
Venue: Conference Room 4
Panellist: Eco Matser (Hivos Global Coordinator Climate, Energy and Development)

Side event: World Bank
Title: Tracking SDG7: A conversation on progress toward achieving its targets
Date and time: 12 July 2018; 13:15-14:45
Venue: Conference Room 3
Panellist: Rita Poppe (Hivos Advocacy Specialist)

Side Event: NGO Major Group
Title: “An NGO Toolbox to Enhance Implementation of the 2030 Agenda”
Date and time: 12 July; 18:30-20:00
Venue: UN Conference Room 4

Side event: HLPF SFS (hosted by Switzerland and South Africa)
Title: Collective action for responsible consumption and production
Date and time: 16 July 2018; 18:30-20:00
Venue:UN Conference Room 12
Speaker: Edwin Huizing (Hivos CEO)

Side event: Hivos and Brooklyn Coalition
Title: Decentralized renewable energy for universal energy access
Date and time: 18 July 2018; 8:00-9:30 (including breakfast)
Venue: Conference Room 5
Speakers: Edwin Huizing (Hivos CEO), Carol Gribnau (Hivos Director Green Society)
To attend, please contact Rita Poppe at
Click here for invitation


Follow us during the High-Level Political Forum on this website and on twitter: @HivosEnergy

For more details about our engagement please contact Rita Poppe,