The United Nations Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative was launched at the General Assembly in September 2011 to identify and mobilize action in support of energy access, energy efficiency and increasing the share of renewable energy.


The UN SE4ALL Initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership working with business, civil society, banks, governments and international institutions to promote public private partnerships to induce significant changes in the way energy services are produced and accessed to reach three global objectives.


The SE4ALL initiative aims at achieving three main targets by 2030:

  • ensure universal access to modern energy services,
  • doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and
  • doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency worldwide.


  • The UN dedicated the Decade 2014-2024 to “Sustainable Energy for All” and the first two years of the Decade are focusing on a campaign on “Energy-Women-Children-Health”. Energy was included by UN General Assembly’s Working Group amongst the proposed Sustainable Development Goals to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
  • To date, businesses and investors have committed over USD $50 billion to achieve the Initiative’s three objectives. An assessment by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the Brazilian National Development Bank and the World Bank Group confirms the potential and presents a concrete plan to raise $120 billion in additional investments that will contribute to halving energy poverty and promoting sustainable energy solutions with six concrete instruments that have been developed.
  • The Sustainable Energy for All Global Energy Efficiency Platform was launched at the Climate Summit in New York.
  • More than 100 countries (including 85 developing countries) have joined SE4ALL as partner countries. In the first phase 30 countries have been selected as focus countries for the roll out of Action Agendas and Investment Prospectuses, fighting energy poverty including off-grid, beyond grid and improved cooking solutions.


Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General
Sustainable Energy for All, Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

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