The 2017 Sustainable Energy for All Forum


The third Sustainable Energy for All Forum took place at the Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn, New York from April 3 – 5, 2017.  Over 1,000 high-level representatives from government, business, civil society and international organizations from 110 countries came together under the Forum theme “Going Further, Faster – Together” towards global energy goals and progress on Sustainable Development Goal 7.

Over 60 sessions were held during the three days, with conversations and activity focused around the urgency and action needed to get us on track to achieve our goals with CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, Rachel Kyte, telling the crowd on the opening morning: “business as usual is not good enough. We need speed and scale.”

A wealth of information that supported the need for urgency was released during the Forum, including the latest Global Tracking Framework report, produced by the World Bank and the International Energy Agency as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Knowledge Hub. The report showed the current pace of progress on three global energy goals – access to electricity, renewable energy and efficiency – is not moving fast enough to meet 2030 targets and that the rate of people getting access to electricity is beginning to slow down. To understand the report in more detail, watch our short animations on the headline figures and messages here.

To catch up on all Forum activity – including keynote sessions, partner announcements and interviews with leading experts – we’ve produced this recap article that provides all the links and updates from this year’s event.



Read the Forum Report here.



You can watch all the main plenary sessions from each day of the Forum again on the video section of the website, with full playback of all key note, panel and disruptive voice sessions here.



Each day we shared a recap of all the news, quotes and activity from the Forum floor in our daily summary emails to all delegates. All recap articles, split by day, are listed below;



Watch Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative for the UN Secretary-General for SEforALL and H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st UN General Assembly close the Forum with a call to leaders to commit to going further, faster – together.



From conversations in the SDG Media Zone to a variety of partner working sessions, all the official images from the Forum are available on our Flickr page and for use by our partners with correct credit references.



Facebook, one of our media partners at the Forum, hosted a very popular Facebook Live studio at the event – broadcasting live conversations and interviews to those watching online. Headline speakers and partners visited the studio to share their inspiring stories of success across all different subjects related to energy and closing the access gap. From gender empowerment and new data platform announcements, to solar technology demonstrations and focused policy discussions on the role of Africa, all Facebook Live interviews are available to watch again on the Sustainable Energy for All Facebook page.



Over 10 announcements were made by SEforALL partners during the three days – with a full list of press releases to accompany all the news available here.



The Connect4Climate team joined us at this year’s Forum as a media partner, providing in-depth interviews with some of the leading voices and coverage of our big announcements. Watch their interview with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, recording of the Shine campaign press conference or browse their Forum playlist on YouTube to catch up on all their coverage.



IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary report from this year’s Forum. You can read and review the full summary, daily reports and images here.