SEforALL receives Panama’s Energy Transition Award 


Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has been awarded Panama’s Energy Transition Award in the category of “International Organizations and Energy Transition” for its invaluable promotion of sustainable development in Panama and other countries in the Global South. The award, which was presented during an event on the margins of the UN General Assembly, also recognized SEforALL CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi for being a steadfast leader and global champion for national energy transition policies and strategies. 

The Energy Transition Award was created to celebrate the approval of the Strategic Guidelines of the Energy Transition Agenda of Panama, which are currently being implemented. It recognizes outstanding organizations and personalities from non-governmental organizations, civil society, public sector, and international cooperation entities committed to the energy transition agenda and Panama’s sustainability.   

“It is an honour for Sustainable Energy for All and I to be awarded Panama’s Energy Transition Award. We are fully committed to the energy transition agenda and the sustainable development of all nations across the world,” said Ogunbiyi who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. “I commend the Republic of Panama for its commitment to a clean energy future and its global leadership through multiple Energy Compacts aimed at decarbonizing energy systems, promoting renewable energy solutions and achieving net zero by or before 2050,” Ogunbiyi added. 

At the ceremony, the award was presented to Ogunbiyi by Panama’s National Energy Secretary, Dr. Jorge Rivera Staff, who stated, “The Energy Transition Award is for game-changing companies, organizations, institutions and individuals; it is a recognition for bold decision makers, for pioneers on the sustainable energy path that are striving harder than the rest to build a better future together, now.”  

The recipients of the Panama Award are considered from 12 categories in the energy sphere including energy access, energy efficiency, e-mobility, the role of women and the youth, among others. “Today, Panama confers this recognition to SEforALL and Ms. Damilola Ogunbiyi to express our deepest appreciation for the work they are leading in promoting a healthy planet with opportunities to generate a dignified life for every human being,” Dr. Staff added. 

Panama has in recent years demonstrated its commitment to decarbonizing its energy systems and promoting renewable energy alternatives. The country is currently implementing its National Energy Plan 2015–2050, which sets forth a comprehensive long-term strategy for the development of the country's energy sector, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy sources.  

Moreover, the country has made ambitious commitments through Energy Compacts, including the 24/7 CFE Compact, Panama’s Biomass and Waste Utilization Compact, Panama’s Innovation Contests to Promote SDG7 Compact, and as a part of the multi-stakeholder Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean (RELAC) Compact. 

Learn more about Panama’s clean energy commitments via Energy Compacts. 

You can access the press release linked to this award issued by the Government of Panama here