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Sustainable Energy for All


In 2011, the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative was launched by United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon in 2011. High level representatives met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012, to renew their commitments to sustainable development and to ensure the promotion of an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations. As part of the Rio+20 meeting, the United States committed to support the SE4ALL initiative, which has also secured significant private sector investments. The SE4ALL initiative aspires to meet the following goals by 2030:

  • Energy Access: ensure universal access to modern energy services, to include electricity and clean cooking facilities;
  • Renewable Energy: double the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix; and
  • Energy Efficiency: double the pace at which the world improves its energy efficiency.

The initiative is comprised of an Advisory Board, co-chaired by the Secretary General and President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank; an Executive Committee, chaired by Chad Holliday, Royal Dutch Shell and Bank of America Board of Directors; and a Global Facilitation Team based in Vienna led by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella and serving as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and CEO.

Currently, over 80 countries have joined the initiative and are developing energy plans and programs. The majority are from developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Small Island Developing States. Furthermore, SE4ALL has targeted 30 focus countries with the goal of producing country “Action Agendas,” blueprints for how a country plans to address SE4ALL’s three objectives of access, efficiency, and renewable energy, and “Project Opportunity Reports,” compendiums of illustrative projects that seek financial support.

The Bureau of Energy Resources has been a leader in formulating country engagement strategy for SE4ALL. For example, ENR has convened and facilitated the finance of access, renewable energy, and energy efficiency projects by using limited public funds to unlock and leverage private capital for financing small-scale off-grid clean energy projects in Bangladesh and Ghana. In both countries, ENR’s Office of Alternative and Renewable Energy has led multiple missions, leading the participating international partners and working closely with the host governments.

Key Dates:

May 17-21, 2015: The United Nations convened the second annual UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum on May 17-21 in New York, working with the World Bank and other key partners. The events began with public engagement activities on Sunday, May 17. The Forum continued May 18-19 with two days of events that brought together over a thousand sustainable energy innovators to share solutions and spur action.

May 20, 2015: The Global Energy Ministerial included leaders from government, business and civil society for cutting-edge discussions on key energy issues, including financing. Major public and private sector actions and commitments towards sustainable energy were featured on May 21. These events took place in the UN General Assembly Hall. ENR Deputy Assistant Secretary Robert Ichord  led the U.S. delegation to the May 18-21 events.

Learn more:  SE4ALL Website


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