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Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organization launched by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon to help mobilize achievement of universal energy access, improve energy efficiency, and increase the use of renewable energy.

Sustainable Energy for All
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Formation2011; 8 years ago (2011) as UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL)
Founded in October 2016 (2016-10) (as Sustainable Energy for All)
TypeInternational organization
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All
Rachel Kyte

It was formally launched as an initiative in September 2011 and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, with an executive office in Washington, DC. Rachel Kyte took office as SEforALL’s CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in January 2016.



UN General Assembly resolution 65/151, which was passed on 20 December 2010, designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. This was in recognition of the growing importance of energy for economic development and climate change mitigation. It also attempted to correct what many working on energy and development issues had for many years argued was a major error in not including action on energy poverty in the Millennium Development Goals.

In June 2009, Ban Ki-moon established the Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), which published its final report on 28 April 2010.[1] The recommendations from this report form the basis of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched in 2011.

SEforALL’s mission ties closely to the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – specifically, Sustainable Development Goal 7, which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030 – and the Paris Climate Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.


A number of activities have been initiated, both within and outside the UN system. These include:

  • Cooling for All initiative providing access to affordable, sustainable cooling solutions for all.
  • National Coordinating Committees: led by the United Nations Development Programme, national committees and country focal points will be established to drive forward activities and programs on the ground
  • Energy Access Practitioner Network: led by the United Nations Foundation, this global network will bring together practitioners working to improve access to modern energy services.
  • Electricity for All in Africa: Improving access to electricity through Policy reform, Investment Promotion and Private Sector Engagement.[2]
  • Energy+: led by the Government of Norway, this international energy and climate initiative will support SE4ALL by coordinating practical actions on the ground, with an emphasis on results-based approaches.[3]
  • The Paris-Nairobi Climate Initiative: led by the Governments of France and Kenya, this initiative was launched in April 2011 with a focus on energy access.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Energy for a Sustainable Future: Summary Report and Recommendation
  2. ^ "Electricity for All in Africa". SEforALL. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  3. ^ Energy+: An International Initiative to Accelerate Efforts to Promote Universal Access to Energy, Energy Efficiency and Low-Carbon Development
  4. ^ The Paris-Nairobi Climate Initiative: Clean energy for all in Africa and in countries most vulnerable to climate change

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