In September 2015, world leaders came together to formulate 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 7th goal aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. A few months later, 195 countries signed an agreement in Paris to limit global warming to less than 2°C.

The United Nation’s initiative, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), is working to reach these targets while lifting over a billion people out of poverty. SEforAll has three objectives: ensure universal access to modern energy services; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. SNV had a chance to talk to Rachel about what is needed to live in a world where everyone has access to clean, affordable energy.

To read the full interview in PDF format click here.