Sustainable Energy Diplomacy
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is uniquely positioned at the intersection of 3 major policy spheres: energy, climate change and international development. We help global leaders understand and appreciate the linkages between these spheres by bridging partnerships and creating dialogue. Through our diplomatic efforts, we help decision-makers understand the far-reaching and cross-cutting benefits of sustainable energy…and the risks of being left behind.
Much of our sustainable energy diplomacy stems from our strong working relationships and partnerships with government, business leaders and the UN. We recognize that good policy and appropriate finance accelerate critical action on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7). So we support ambition on sustainable energy within the UN system and at other global goal setting and implementation fora.
Our CEO serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All (SRSG), which creates opportunities for SEforALL to contribute to the UN agenda on energy. Members of SEforALL’s senior management team identify strategic speaking engagements and bilateral meetings to deliver key messages on the critical path to success in achieving SDG7.
The Energy Transition Track at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit was co-led by the governments of Denmark and Ethiopia with support from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). Recognizing that the sustainable energy transition is key to curbing both climate change and energy poverty, SEforALL and the co-leads pushed for firm commitments to emerge from the Summit in the areas of decarbonizing shipping, energy efficiency, climate finance and sustainable cooling. As a result, four new coalitions were announced during the Summit devoted to these areas.
The transition to clean and sustainable energy systems is critical to address climate change - and why it is emerging as a core issue at this year’s Climate Action Summit hosted by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres.
The Summit, which will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York City on 23 September 2019, is focused on boosting ambition and accelerating progress towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. It aims at moving forward initiatives in nine interdependent tracks – including the Energy Transition Track which is led by the governments of Denmark and Ethiopia and supported by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
CEO and SRSG Rachel Kyte met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres to provide a briefing and insight on the findings of the 2019 Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report released on May 22, 2019 and an update on planning for his Climate Action Summit taking place in September. Kyte serves on the steering committee for the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit and SEforALL is the supporting institution for the Energy Transition Track. The Tracking SDG7 report provides the international community with the data to assess progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7).