The 2019 Sustainable Energy For All Charrettes


SEforALL will convene a set of charrettes from 18th to 20th June 2019, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Using the principles of design thinking, the charrettes will focus on intensive inquiry, challenging assumptions and bringing new perspectives with the expectation that together, participants will be able to identify specific pathways and detailed next steps and actions. As with all events convened by SEforALL, the charrettes will be diverse and inclusive.

Each of the charrettes will bring together small groups of participants from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and sectors to address a specific question which has been derived from tracking data and evidence of progress or lack thereof. Based on SEforALL’s assessment of progress, specific focus will be on the challenges of financing energy transitions central to the success of SDG 7 and on gaps and challenges in the data and evidence used to drive action.

The charrettes will be held at the EYE Filmmuseum, an iconic building on the water in Amsterdam that affords a unique setting to encourage bold thinking.

The SEforALL charrettes will:

  • Conduct intensive inquiry into specific questions resulting in defined pathways and actions for participants to achieve greater speed and scale
  • Continue to expand the movement around achieving sustainable energy for all

The charrettes will provide input and momentum for the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, and for the High-level sessions on SDGs and Financing for Development at the UN General Assembly to be held at the same time.

Following consultations, four questions have been identified for intensive inquiry. Each question will be the focus of one charrette over 18th and 19th June. We will interrogate how to ensure investors, government officials and development partners have the data and evidence needed to improve decision-making and how to accelerate financial flows within and to countries where the biggest energy access gaps exist.

Each charrette will identify a critical pathway forward and specific actions, partners and timelines for results to be achieved.

On 20th June, SEforALL partners will use the day to build on the work undertaken during the charrettes and move their own work forward in accelerators and other grouping, with a focus on speed and scale.

It is now critically important to focus on where we can unlock fast action and work together to speed up progress to meet Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7), sustainable energy for all.