Interconnectedness of the Goals: Goal 7 & Goal 10
Updated: Nov 4, 2018
One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.
Goal 7 aims to provide energy which is not only affordable and clean but also reliable to citizens all around the world, and Goal 10 aims to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to succeed and live their best life possible, regardless of social and physical factors.
"Clean energy access often means the difference between prosperity and poverty, between women’s empowerment and continued inequality, between education and illiteracy."
This quote sums up perfectly the relationship between Goal 7 and Goal 10. In today's modern world, which is increasingly reliant on technology, it is important that all citizens have access to adequate affordable and clean energy. By providing energy to the world's poorest people, we will be able to empower them and promote their inclusion in society on a social, economic and political level of engagement.
When we discuss the idea of reducing inequalities between countries, energy plays a very important role. For instance, it is estimated that Sub-Saharan Africa loses 2.1% of its gross domestic from electricity blackouts alone. By being able to rely on an affordable supply of clean energy, many developing countries throughout the world will be able to further develop their economy and their society, keeping in mind environmental sustainability.