Forum 2017

About us

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organization, working with leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to ensure access to sustainable energy worldwide.

Access to energy and the decarbonization of energy generation will be crucial to ending global poverty and preventing catastrophic climate change. This is why former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the SEforALL initiative in 2011—to create the partnerships, to build the evidence base, and to address the critical issues around delivering sustainable energy for all.

As a UN initiative SEforALL was instrumental in ensuring energy was at the heart of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN members in 2015. One of those goals, SDG7, calls for the world to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.

Three months later, at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), 195 nations negotiated an historic climate agreement—one that declared that not only do we need to hold the increase in the global average temperature to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” but we also need to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C.

Underpinning SDG7 and at the heart of the Paris Agreement is the promise that we will “leave no one behind” in the global energy transition. Energy is central to social and economic well-being. Yet just under 1 billion people have no access to electricity and 3 billion people have no access to clean cooking. Without rapid progress on providing access to sustainable energy, it will impossible to deliver on the other SDGs by 2030.

In support of SDG7 and the goals of the Paris Agreement, we focus global attention and action on the critical path to success in realizing SDG7 and to helping countries, companies and organizations move along that path as quickly as possible.

We bring together a wide range of stakeholders—governments, development banks, business, investors, civil society and international institutions—to collaborate through the platform of SEforALL, creating powerful partnerships and networks that are changing the energy landscape.

Now an independent organization, we maintain close links with the UN today, including through a relationship agreement, partnerships with UN agencies and with our CEO Rachel Kyte acting as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy.

Our staff are based at our headquarters in Vienna, Austria and at our satellite office in Washington, DC in the United States. Governance is provided by the SEforALL Administrative Board.

Work with us

Working at SEforALL, you’ll find yourself at the forefront of innovative solutions to today’s global energy challenges. You’ll contribute to dynamic teams whose work has a direct impact on people’s lives.