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Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were approved by the UN General Assembly in 2015 and underpin the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that officially came into force in January 2016. The 17 SDGs (see Figure 1) define a path to end poverty, ensure prosperity and protect the planet and its inhabitants. One of the key goals is SDG 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. As a key constituent of SDG 7, energy efficiency contributes directly or indirectly to achieving all the other SDGs, many of which are interconnected across the three dimensions of environmental sustainability, human development and sustainable growth.

The process of evaluating SDGs is country driven: SDGs are “owned” by the countries and national governments are the key agencies responsible for the implementation of the evaluations of SDGs in each country.

SDGs open up a completely new world of evaluation and challenges. The evaluations will lead to asking new questions, broader and long-term than typically conducted in evaluations. The SDGs also introduce a whole range of evaluation issues of complexity, emergence, identifying on who is being left out, as well as looking at inter-sectoral linkages. Also, evaluators will need to think beyond silos: connecting and interrelating interventions, breaking down silos, and examining integration, alignment and coeherence across sectoral specializations

Curated by:Edward Vine, Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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