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businesses, governments, and
civil society to achieve Sustainable
Energy for All by 2030
Summary Highlights from the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum
18-21 May 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York
The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum convened from 18-21 May 2015 in New York, NY. Under the overarching theme of ‘Financing Sustainable Energy for All,’ the event attracted more than 1,500 leaders in over 70 solutions-oriented sessions under the eight thematic tracks of finance, energy access, energy efficiency, renewable energy, country action, innovation for impact, global policy agenda and growing the movement.
Some of the highlights of the sessions included the introduction of the second biennial Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework, the launch of the 2014 Annual SE4All Report, highlighting the initiative’s achievements to date and its preparedness to support the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
With the first SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial also held during the proceedings, as well as an Advisory Board meeting, the Forum built further momentum in support of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024, as well as the global Campaign on Energy for Women and Children’s Health. The Ministerial Dialogue concluded with the launch of a new Global Sustainable Energy for All Commitment Platform, which will provide an institutional framework for convening the broad partnerships that are essential to make progress on the initiative’s three interlinked objectives.
The last day of the Forum featured a number of commitments, from governments to corporations to a number of Energy Access Practitioner Network members, which can be viewed here. Significant commitments for the energy access sector included:
- A €3.5 billion European Union grant to leverage private sector investments of up to €30 billion for electricity generation, transmission and access, under the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI)
- An OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) commitment to turn an earlier one-time pledge of US$1 billion to alleviate energy poverty into a revolving fund;
- €13 million of donor funding assigned for the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA) to energy-related activities, including capacity building for more than 3,000 women-led businesses to deliver energy services to more than 2 million consumers; and
- The UK’s pledge to support a new program focusing on green mini-grids in Africa to provide clean and safe energy access to one million people in Kenya and Tanzania.
Further coverage of the Forum is available on the Forum website. Statements, photographs and videos made during the Forum will also be made available shortly.