Achieving Universal Electricity Access
Published on 05 December 2022
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 7 aims to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all” in less than a decade. Despite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global electricity targets set for 2030 (SDG 7.1).
By combining high-resolution data and economic modelling, this page presents tools that allows the identification of the electricity-deficit areas and the understanding of how universal access, in combination with an ambitious set of development interventions (SDG Push), can have powerful development impacts.
Why does electricity access matter?
Commitments to boost electricity access
Work of UNDP and partners
Building on the UN-Energy pledges, UNDP and partners are committed to increase energy access – both electricity and clean cooking – to 500 million more people by 2025 through two key initiatives – the African Minigrids Program (AMP) and Action Opportunities (AO). The AMP has the potential to benefit 370 million people in its target countries. and the AO can potentially benefit more than 150 million people with electrification in its target countries – more than 25% of the 590 million people without electricity access in Africa.