Finding Speed | Reaching Scale | Closing the Gap - SPRING 2020, AFRICA

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has announced plans for the next Sustainable Energy for All Forum in 2020. Following the highly successful 2018 Forum in Lisbon, Portugal, which focused on action to Leave No One Behind and attracted diverse participation from over 900 global delegates, SEforALL has set out a program of events, including its next Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Spring 2020 in Africa.

2020 marks a major political milestone in efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, including SDG7 goals for energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Forum will be a key milestone in realizing the 2030 Agenda and also marks the beginning of the next commitment period under Paris Climate Agreement and the moment where the world must raise its ambition in climate action.

“The next global Sustainable Energy for All Forum will take place on African soil,” said SEforALL’s CEO Rachel Kyte. “While Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the furthest to go in ensuring access to reliable, affordable and clean energy, it is also the region where the urgent needs of people and promise of the renewable energy revolution offer the most exciting opportunities for invention and breakthroughs. If we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and raise ambition for climate action, all roads take us to Africa and solutions found in Africa can lead the rest of the world. What better place to embark upon the final decade of effort to meet SDG7 and the other goals that sustainable energy supports.”

The 2020 Forum in Africa will focus the movement on Accelerating Scale, Raising Ambition, and Closing the Gap and will be:

  • The most dynamic and diverse convening of the movement since the establishment of the SDGs;
  • A space to take stock of progress and focus on what’s working, what isn’t and why;
  • A platform for mobilizing resources and launching new financial instruments that will close the energy access gap effectively and efficiently;
  • A forum for collaboration and a place for partnerships to showcase action;
  • A marketplace where entrepreneurs, community leaders, city leaders, policy makers, financiers and investors can connect.

In 2019, SEforALL will convene the 2019 Critical Path Charrettes, a series of intensive planning meetings focused on speed of progress along the critical path to Sustainable Development Goal 7. The meetings will be held in the Netherlands from 18 to 20 June and will bring together partners leading the change across the movement.

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