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Sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy. Access to modern energy services is fundamental to human development and an investment in our collective future.

The Sustainable Energy for All initiative brings together top-level leadership from all sectors of society – governments, business and civil society. Working together, we can achieve a broad-based transformation of the world’s energy systems and build a more prosperous, healthier, cleaner and safer world for this and future generations.

Setting a Vision in Motion

In September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shared his vision for making sustainable energy for all a reality by 2030. He launched Sustainable Energy for All as a global initiative that would mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives:

  1. providing universal access to modern energy services;
  2. doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
  3. doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Sustainable Energy for All has generated significant momentum since its launch. Both developed countries and more than 85 developing countries have partnered with SE4ALL to advance the three objectives on the country level. Over 50 High Impact Opportunities (HIOs) have been identified, with a wide range of stakeholders undertaking actions that will have significant potential to advance Sustainable Energy for All. Governments, the private sector, and multilateral institutions alike are mobilizing resources in support of the initiative’s three objectives.

Leadership That Catalyzes Action

Sustainable Energy for All has generated significant momentum since its launch. Both developed countries and more than 85 developing countries have partnered with SE4ALL to advance the three objectives on the country level. Over 50 High Impact Opportunities (HIOs) have been identified, with a wide range of stakeholders undertaking actions that will have significant potential to advance Sustainable Energy for All. Governments, the private sector, and multilateral institutions alike are mobilizing resources in support of the initiative’s three objectives.

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth – these are one and the same fight.”

- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The initiative’s Advisory Board, co-chaired by the UN Secretary-General and the World Bank Group President, includes distinguished global leaders from governments, business and civil society. They provide strategic guidance to the initiative and serve as its global ambassadors.

An Executive Committee provides operational oversight and is headed by Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America. Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative [hyperlink to SGSR/CE page] for Sustainable Energy for All, is chief executive of the initiative and is supported by a Global Facilitation Team.

“Ending poverty and ensuring sustainability are the defining challenges of our time. Energy is central to both of them.” -World Bank Group

- President Jim Yong Kim

An Action-Focused Global Network

The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative is an action-focused global network.  It is supported by partner organizations from governments, national and international organizations, businesses and civil society organizations. These include, but are not limited to, the lead organizations in charge of advancing the High-Impact Opportunities, Governments and supporting institutions guiding Country-Driven Actions, as well as UN agencies, Regional Development Banks, and other Multilateral Organizations.


Featured Documents
General Assembly Resolution on International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

Secretary General report to the General Assembly on the Year of Sustainable Energy for All

General Assembly Resolution on International Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

Secretary General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, Membership

Secretary General report to General Assembly on the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

Sustainable Energy for All Report of the Co-Chairs 2012

Rio+20 outcome document: Energy

Framework for Action

Year of Sustainable Energy for All Fact Sheet

Sustainable Energy for All Fact Sheet

Accountability Framework



Summaries
June 2012 Practitioner Network Call Summary

Brussels Private Sector Consultation

April 2012 Teleconference Consultation
Between Civil Society Organizations and Members of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All

European Rollout_of_the_Year_-_Summary

Keynote Address Session

New Delhi Q&A Summary

Sustainable Energy for All – Session_3



Additional Documents
Report of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change

The UN’s ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative is compatible with a warming limit of 2°C

Energy Access Practitioner Network – Towards Achieving Universal Energy Access by 2030

Summary for Policymakers from the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, May 2011

Realizing the Potential of Energy Efficiency, United Nations Foundation expert report, 2007

Energy Poverty: How to make modern energy access universal? A special excerpt of the World Energy Outlook 2010

ASecretary General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, Membership

Sustainable Energy for All – The Business Opportunity

A Summary Report of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 (English, PDF)