Government, business and civil society leaders to announce new commitments for energy action at UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum, 18-21 May

At the second annual UN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL FORUM (18-21 May), leaders from government, business and civil society will announce new commitments and drive action to end energy poverty and fight climate change. They will present ways to catalyze finance and investment at the scale required to meet the targets of the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative on energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Over 1,000 practitioners will share and advance innovative energy solutions. The Forum will build momentum on energy issues ahead of both the September UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and the December Climate Conference in Paris, and contribute to shaping the direction of energy policy for the crucial decades to come.

May 2015 will mark almost a year since the First Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum, a landmark event that officially launched the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024, as declared by the UN General Assembly including the initial two- year focus on Women, Children and Health.

The overarching theme of this year’s Forum is “Financing Sustainable Energy for All”, including with a launch of a new Global Sustainable Energy for All Commitment Platform. Importantly, the Forum will also feature the first ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the United Nations, in order to reaffirm the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality”, and an Advisory Board meeting, co-convened by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.  In focusing on how to act, the Forum will include a range of solution-oriented multi-stakeholder sessions for SE4ALL partners from all over the world, and from a variety of sectors. The Forum will also offer new approaches to track progress towards 2030 based on the 2nd biennial Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework. Overall, the 2nd annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum will:

  • Report and assess progress on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative;
  • Inspire actions and solutions by sharing knowledge, innovation and success stories across the world;
  • Present ideas and mechanisms to catalyze finance at the scale required to achieve Sustainable Energy for All;
  • Grow the broader movement of global stakeholders to advance the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All.

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