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 G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth took place 15 - 16 June, hosted by the Government of Japan in the city of Karuizawa. Director of Policy and Programs, Glenn Pearce-Oroz, represented SEforALL during the ministerial meeting as well as during the G20 Global Summit on Financing Energy Efficiency, Innovation and Clean Technology that took placein Tokyo a few days earlier. The message delivered at the ministerial meeting was that thanks to the Tracking SDG7 Reports, G20 support to global energy access can and should be better targeted to high deficit countries for both electrification and clean cooking. Pearce-Oroz stressed that 2 out of 5 people on the planet still do not have access to clean cooking. The final G20 Ministerial Meeting Communiqué included the importance of clean cooking and G20’s recognition of its importance for social and economic development. During the G20 Global Summitthat took place in Tokyo, Pearce-Oroz also presented the importance of cooling for all as a necessary part of future energy efficiency discussions.He also launched the “Global ESCO Network” which will be housed at the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, SEforALL’s Efficiency Hub. The new network will convey lessons on energy efficiency frameworks and financing innovations across regions and countries.
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).