Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum – “Financing Sustainable Energy for All” 18-21 May 2015 | UN Headquarters, New York

    The second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum convened from 18-21 May 2015 in New York, US. Under the overarching theme of ‘Financing Sustainable Energy for All,’ the event included the first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the UN. More than 1,500 people attended events over the four days. An Advisory Board meeting, co-convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim also convened during the week.

    The Forum opened with two days of multi-stakeholder discussions at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel, New York. More than 70 dialogue sessions took place under the eight thematic tracks of finance, energy access, energy efficiency, renewable energy, country action, innovation for impact, global policy agenda and growing the movement.

    The Ministerial Dialogue, which took place at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Hall on the last two days of the Forum, concluded with the launch of a new Global Sustainable Energy for All Commitment Platform. Speaking during the closing plenary, Kandeh Yumkella, outgoing Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive, SE4All, said the new platform will provide an institutional framework for convening the broad partnerships that are needed to accelerate achievement of SE4All’s objectives.

    Commitments announced at the Forum included: a €3.5 billion European Union grant to leverage private sector investments of up to €30 billion for electricity generation, transmission and access, under a new facility, the Electrification Financing Initiative (ElectriFI); a new US$150 million Global Environment Facility Sustainable Cities programme to leverage private funding for sustainable urban development planning in 11 countries; an  OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) commitment to turn an earlier one-time pledge of US$1 billion to alleviate energy poverty into a revolving fund; the earmarking of €13 million of donor funding for the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA) to energy-related activities, including capacity building for more than 3,000 women-led businesses to deliver energy services to more than 2 million consumers; and the UK’s pledge to support a new green mini-grids in Africa programme to provide clean and safe energy access to one million people in Kenya and Tanzania.

    The  Summary of this meeting is now available

    in PDF format at http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/sd/crsvol181num11e.pdf

    and in HTML format at http://www.iisd.ca/energy/se4allforum/2015/html/crsvol181num11e.html

     

    Coverage of this meeting by IISD Reporting Services was funded by the SE4All Forum; the World Bank; and Mr. Serge Martin, Special Advisor to the UN Foundation on Sustainable Energy for All.