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Health and Energy Platform of Action (HEPA)


This is a platform aiming to ensure universal access to clean and sustainable energy to protect health by helping countries strengthen the political and technical cooperation between the health and energy sectors.

The platform was launched in 2019 and convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank, in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

With an initial focus on clean cooking and health care facility electrification, the Platform aims to catalyze the scale of results required to achieve SDG 3 on health and SDG 7 on energy by:

  • mobilizing political commitment, support and resources, and finding ways of encouraging new public and private commitment from the energy and health sectors, climate change action and other arenas
  • promoting the development of global or country implementation roadmaps for the priority areas of action
  • demonstrating leadership by identifying significant actions and initiatives with relevant stakeholders, with the overall objective of generating action and maximizing impact on the ground
  • conducting advocacy and outreach at high-level international engagements related to the SDGs, especially those on health, energy, environment, gender and climate change
  • promoting an interdisciplinary approach, engaging a variety of stakeholders at the global, regional and national level and building on existing initiatives, while avoiding duplication of efforts, fostering alignment and creating strong synergies. 
Health, energy, platform, SDG3, SDG7, political commitment, technical cooperation, roadmap, advocacy, engagements, alignment
Type of initiatives
Strategy or Action Plan
Level of intervention
Responsible agencies
World Health Organization (WHO); UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); UN Development Programme (UNDP); World Bank; International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)