Who we are
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is an international organization that works in partnership with the United Nations and leaders in government, the private sector, financial institutions, civil society and philanthropies to drive faster action towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 – in line with the Paris Agreement on climate.
SEforALL works to ensure a clean energy transition that leaves no one behind and brings new opportunities for everyone to fulfil their potential.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Energy for All initiative in 2011. Now an independent organization, we maintain close links with the UN, including through a relationship agreement, partnerships with UN agencies and with SEforALL's CEO acting as the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy.
Our staff is based at our headquarters in Vienna, Austria and at our satellite offices in Washington, DC, and New York, United States. Governance is provided by the SEforALL Administrative Board.
SEforALL and the Decade of Action - August 2021
This report provides an update on Sustainable Energy for All’s (SEforALL) activities in the period 16 May to 24 August 2021.
Sustainable Energy for All Annual Report 2020
2020 was the start of the final decade to achieve SDG7. Based on data tracked against its three core targets, the world was, and still is, off track to meet this goal. Faced with this reality, and with the UN Secretary-General proclaiming a Decade of Action on the SDGs, we embarked on a new strategy in 2020 under the leadership of our new CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi.
SEforALL is an independent international organization based in Vienna, Austria and Washington, DC, with a formal working relationship with the UN.
Our relationship with the UN
As UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon launched Sustainable Energy for All as an initiative of the UN in 2011. In 2016, entrusted by the UN and World Bank to continue to accelerate action on the newly-launched Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), SEforALL was established.
In less than a decade, SEforALL has become the world’s leading enabler of the sustainable energy movement by marshalling evidence, benchmarking progress, connecting partners and amplifying voices.
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has a staff of passionate professionals working across teams located in our headquarters in Vienna, Austria and in our satellite office in Washington, DC, United States.
Creating a global movement for sustainable energy involves amplifying voices and sharing stories of success. That is why SEforALL invests heavily in storytelling, social media and traditional media activities.