What is the relationship between the UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network and the UN’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative?

As part of the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, the United Nations Foundation has formed a global Energy Access Practitioner Network. The UN Foundation is an accredited 501 (c)(3) public charity, dedicated to supporting UN efforts. It is not a part of the UN system, though it does work closely with many UN agencies. The UN Foundation does not receive any funding from the UN. In 1997, Ted Turner pledged to give $1 billion to support United Nations causes. The gift – unprecedented at the time in both size and nature – led to the creation of the United Nations Foundation, and has served as a catalyst for change in philanthropy, on global issues, and at the United Nations. He is Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

How do you sign up for the Energy Access Practitioner Network?

You can find the Join Us button at the top of each page of the website, or under the Membership tab.

Is there a registration fee to join the Network?

No, we do not require a fee to join the Energy Access Practitioner Network.

Who can join the Energy Access Practitioner Network?

The Practitioner Network is open to all organizations and individuals actively involved in the implementation, development, financing, and management aspects of delivering electricity sustainably, affordably, and effectively. While the work is focused primarily on developing countries, it also encompasses remote applications and isolated communities in OECD countries.

With over 2,500 members, how do you meet?

Through webinars, telephone, and in-person meetings, we facilitate the identification and dissemination of best practices with our members, connect investors to potential project opportunities, and support information exchange, policy development and planning at the international, regional, and country levels. We highlight key issues and develop substantive recommendations for policy makers and other stakeholders in the energy sector.

Do you provide funding?

We are a 501(c)(3) organization and not a grant making campaign, but through our strategic partnerships and our relationship with multilateral agencies, we facilitate funding and investment opportunities for our members. We also connect members with new funding opportunities through our communications channels – newsletter, website and social media.