UN Secretary General’s Event: Sustainable Energy for All

 Kandeh Yumkella,

UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All.


Chief Executive – Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, launched last September

(Current Director-General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Chair, umbrella group, UN Energy)

Co-Chairs Advisory Board:

Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim

Advisory Board will provide strategic guidance to the work of the initiative. (Members will be drawn from the private sector, civil society, and governments)

Executive Committee:

Chair, Chairman of the Bank of America, Chad Holliday

The Executive Committee will provide operational oversight for the work of the Chief Executive. A global support team will be established to strengthen coordination among partners.

The four above elements are expected to draw in new partners and become a global network that can help transform the world’s energy systems, and the lives of billions of people. The initiative aims to provide more than 1 billion people with access to energy services through its lifespan.

Since its launch one year ago, the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative has attracted the voluntary participation of some 60 developing countries, mobilizing more than 50 billion from the private sector and investors and catalyzed hundreds of actions and commitments.

September 24th: Secretary General’s High-Level Event on Sustainable Energy for All. A view of the panel (from left to right): Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Bank of America; Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank; Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and Kandeh Yumkella Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All.