Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) is a global initiative led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon to achieve universal energy access, improve energy efficiency, and increase the use of renewable energy. The initiative is launched in recognition of the growing importance of energy for economic development and climate change mitigation.
It is intended to attract global attention and public and private commitments to meeting three objectives by 2030:
Ensuring universal access to modern energy services
Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency
Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
GVEP has been active in promoting energy access for sustainable economic development and is supporting various initiatives to achieve universal energy access by 2030:
Headed by the Norwegian Government, Energy + is supporting the UN Secretary General’s initiative, Sustainable Energy for All. The Partnership has twin aims:
to ensure access to sustainable energy for all
to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency to avoid greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy + recognises the key role that the private sector has to play. GVEP is closely involved in this work. From our unique perspective, we are demonstrating to the Partnership how energy SMEs can participate in this process. We are steering funding towards supporting the growth and development of small businesses’ capacity to meet energy needs in rural areas.
This Partnership is a framework agreement for increased cooperation between European and African governments around energy access. As part of the civil society component, early next year NGOs, the private sector and researchers from across Europe and Africa will take part in a forum to present their reflections and recommendations on the energy access agenda to EU and African governments. GVEP participated in this forum. We hope it will impact on the EU’s response to the broader UN agenda.