Financing Energy Access and Economic Recovery in a Climate Smart Way

12:45 EDT
21 Jun 2021
13:45 EDT
21 Jun 2021

This session is part of the SDG7 Action Zone of the Ministerial Thematic Forums towards the High-level Dialogue on Energy 2021.

Access to reliable, renewably powered energy is key to global growth and recovery and to the resilience of communities grappling with the dual crises of COVID-19 and climate change. Energy is the key to unlocking new pathways to create a sustainable, equitable, more prosperous future that is climate-resilient.

As we seek to restart the world, we need to do so together, with a new approach that leverages innovative financing, public-private partnerships and new technologies that make a greener energy future a priority in emerging economies. 

The Rockefeller Foundation, The IKEA Foundation, SEforALL, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are mobilizing a new community of investors and climate finance for low-income and emerging countries to lift millions of people out of energy poverty. 

This event will discuss recent major investment and partnership announcements with the leadership from each organization.


  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy
  • Raj Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Per Heggenes, CEO, IKEA Foundation
  • Makhtar Diop, Managing Director, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Moderator: Sonal Bhutra, Anchor and Senior Research Analyst, CNBC TV18