World governments have set access to energy, particularly renewable energy, as a prominent goal to be achieved by 2030. The Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL) has been endorsed by governments around the world, many of which are currently developing plans to provide sustainable energy to their citizens. Parliamentarians can use their role as political leaders to ensure these policies are implemented to benefit their constituents.
The Sustainable Energy for All initiative, led by an Advisory Board co-chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, is mobilizing action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:
- providing universal access to modern energy services;
- doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
- doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
The High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All will mobilize commitments from governments, the private sector and civil society partners to take actions that will make sustainable energy a reality for all over the next two decades. As national political leaders, parliamentarians should not only be aware of this initiative, but also ensure their governments are accessing the technical advice and resources made available through SE4ALL.
SE4All Global Summit
The first Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum convened from 4-6 June 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Forum’s 1000 participants assessed progress on sustainable energy since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, showcased successes, shared best practices, presented new commitments, and catalyzed action to help shape the global energy debate for the next decade.
On the first day of the Forum, representatives from governments, UN agencies, international organizations, the private sector and civil society attended 46 different parallel panel discussions featuring over 200 speakers. During the second day, a Global Leadership Dialogue was convened through global leaders’ panels; the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024 was officially launched, with the first two years to focus on energy for women and children’s health; and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched REmap 2030, a renewable energy road map to double the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix between 2010 and 2030. On the final day, ministers, government delegates and other stakeholders addressed energy in the post-2015 development agenda.
To read a report of the Global Summit, please click here.