Sustainable Energy for All Initiative Releases Major New Commitments to Action by Governments, Private Sector and Civil Society ahead of Rio+20 Conference

New York, NY – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Sustainable Energy for All initiative today released further commitments to action from a wide range of stakeholders in support of the Secretary-General's vision of achieving sustainable energy for all by 2030.

The Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SEforALL), launched by the Secretary-General in September 2011, brings together governments, businesses and civil society groups in an unprecedented effort to transform the world's energy systems by 2030.

Practitioner Network Releases Recommendations to Achieve Universal Energy Access

Based on On-the-Ground Experience of Hundreds of Practitioners

Rio de Janeiro (June 18, 2012) – The United Nations Foundation today released Energy Access Practitioner Network: Towards Achieving Universal Energy Access by 2030 – a set of recommendations based on international on-the-ground experience to provide electricity to the 1.3 billion people who still lack it.

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas invites people to join the global conversation on Rio+20

New York — World renowned Spanish actor and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas today launched a public service announcement aiming at inviting people to join the global conversation alongside the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio+20".

To read the full release, please visit the UNDP website

Op-Ed: Global Governance and African Reality (Kandeh Yumkella)

There are few hotter topics on the international agenda than sustainability. The theme has been a mainstay of international conferences, and the biggest of them all — the UN's Rio+20 conference — will begin just over a month from now. Kandeh K. Yumkella, head of UNIDO, the UN agency that promotes industrial development, explains what's at stake for Africa.


Linkin Park and Music for Relief to Bring Solar Power to Uganda Health Clinics

Band's 'Power The World' campaign allows fans to sign pledge for Sustainable Energy for All

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 9, 2012) Building on its Power the World initiative to bring solar lights to homes in Haiti, the Grammy-Award winning band Linkin Park has launched a new campaign to bring solar power to health clinics in Uganda and encouraging fans to sign a pledge to support Sustainable Energy For All.

Twenty Small Island Developing States announce new actions that reduce dependence on fossil fuels and end poverty

Bridgetown, 8 May 2012—The Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Small Island Developing States Conference concluded today with the adoption of the "Barbados Declaration" calling for universal access to modern and affordable renewable energy services, while protecting environment, ending poverty and creating new opportunities for economic growth.

UN Secretary-General and World Bank President name Sustainable Energy for All Advisory Board and Executive Committee members

Heads of UN and World Bank name team to mobilize action toward universal energy access, doubling of renewables and doubling of energy efficiency rates.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced on 19 April 2013 the members of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, kicking off a major new phase of activity for this global public-private partnership.

Coalition of World Energy Ministers Commit to Improvements in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy Access

LONDON, 26 April 2012 – Leaders from the 23-government Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SEforALL) today outlined specific commitments by participating countries and private sector leaders which will promote improved energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, and increased energy access around the world. The commitments build on two years of work by the Clean Energy Ministerial and support the goal of sustainable energy for all by 2030, the primary objective of the Secretary-General's initiative.