Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is a nonprofit organization working with leaders in government, the private sector and civil society to drive further, faster action toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7, which calls for universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, and the Paris Climate Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched SEforALL in September 2011 as a global initiative that would mobilize action by these diverse actors in support of SDG7’s three core objectives:
- ensuring universal access to modern energy services
- doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
- doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
With a mandate that sent a clear signal about the central role of energy in ending poverty and halting precipitous changes in our global climate, SEforALL embarked on uncharted territory and rapidly generated momentum.
Operating under the leadership of its first CEO and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Kandeh Yumkella, SEforALL brought multiple stakeholders together—governments, development banks, the private sector, investors, civil society, and international institutions—under a single umbrella.
Rachel Kyte took office as SEforALL’s CEO and Special Representative of the Secretary-General in January 2016.
Strategic guidance is being provided by SEforALL’s Advisory Board, a unique body co-chaired by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank Group. It comprises more than 40 ministerial-level or chief executive-level leaders selected from key government and international organizations, relevant energy businesses and civil society organizations, global leaders in energy finance, investments and authorities in policy, technology and other strategic issues.
Among these, the Knowledge Hub, hosted by the World Bank in collaboration with other partners, has been instrumental in benchmarking progress towards SEforALL’s objectives through its Global Tracking Framework and other knowledge products, providing valuable contributions to the intergovernmental process of setting indicators to measure SDG7.
More than 100 countries have engaged with SEforALL, providing financial or in-kind contributions or working on tailored national strategies and investment plans to deliver on SEforALL’s objectives.
SEforALL’s global team is based in Vienna, Austria and Washington, D.C.