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3rd Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Forum - Going Further, Faster - Together

3-5 April 2017 | New York, US

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Participants during the closing of the 3rd SEforAll Forum


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

SEforAll On the third and final day of the Forum, the daily Wake-Up Call challenged panelists to consider universal energy access in the context of sustainability, suggesting achievement of the SDGs will force trade-offs in an uneven playing field. During the session on Marshalling the Evidence, panelists provided practical and inspirational examples that showcased the tangible benefits of energy, and H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, Founder and CEO of AbzeSola, and Ambassador of Burkina Faso for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, noted the importance of women’s empowerment in accelerating progress. In the session on putting Knowledge into Action, leaders highlighted how energy services help generate jobs, improve education and health, enable businesses to grow, and create new markets.

During the lunch-time Deep Dive sessions, leaders focused on: leveling the playing field by addressing issues of affordability; unlocking the opportunities at the bottom of the pyramid in low-income countries; and increasing productivity through decentralized solutions.

During the afternoon, the Partner Working Sessions showcased: the SHINE initiative – investing in energy access for all; integrating sustainable energy into humanitarian relief as an opportunity for local markets and SEforAll goals; developing partnerships to integrate energy resources and last-mile access for income generation; a People-centered Accelerator to advance gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment in the sustainable energy sector; making the case for greater investment in health facility electrification; and the role of off-grid solar solutions in meeting the needs of underserved households.

The Forum closed with UNGA President Peter Thomson and SEforAll CEO Rachel Kyte providing concluding remarks.

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The dais during the session on “The Wake-Up Call” (L-R): Steve Howard, Co-Chair of We Mean Business, Campaigner, Business Leader, and Former Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group; Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank; Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA); and Martin Shearman, Ambassador for Development and Human Rights, United Kingdom (UK)


The dais during the session on “Marshalling the Evidence” (L-R): Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director, Energy and Extractives, World Bank; Princess Abze Djigma, Founder and CEO, AbzeSolar S.A., and Ambassador of Burkina Faso for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; Aaron Leopold, Global Energy Representative, Practical Action; Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago, Founder, Institute for Orkonerei Pastoralists Advancement (IOPA); Anish Thakkar, Co-Founder, Greenlight Planet Inc.; and Niru Shrestha, ENERGIA’s Women Entrepreneur 2017, Nepal


The dais during the Media Briefing - SHINE Investing in Energy Access for All (L-R): Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation; Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund; John Kioli, Chairman, Kenya Climate Change Working Group; and Archbishop emeritus Anders Wejryd, Europe President, World Council of Churches


The dais during the session on “The Deep Dive: Leaving No One Behind” (L-R): Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Clare Shakya, Director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED); Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation; Ilmi Granoff, Director, Sustainable Finance ClimateWorks Foundation; and Sheila Oparaocha, Energia



The dais during the session on “Voices from the Village – Are you Listening to What We Really Want?” (L-R): Gregory Etienne, Mayor of Pilate, Haiti; Martin Kariongi, Community Leader, Terrat Village, Tanzania - Smart Villages; Alfonso Guevara Chota, District Mayor, Napo; Molly Hurley-Dépret, Smart Villages Initiative; Tri Mumpuni (Puni), Co-Founder, IBEKA; Marc Antoine Archer, Observatoire Haitien de l’Energie-Observer; and Jessica Olivares Magill, Acciona Microenergy, Peru


The dais during the session on “A People-Centered Accelerator to Advance Gender Equality, Social Inclusion and Women’s Empowerment in the Sustainable Energy Sector” (L-R): Ana Rojas, International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN; Sheila Oparaocha, Energia; Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India; Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation; Nawal Al-Hosany, Executive Director, Masdar, and Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize; Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Nicola Armacost, Managing Director, Arc Finance, Ltd.; Susan Gibbs, Wallace Global Fund; Linda Davis, Director of Partnerships, wPOWER Hub; Nathalie Weisman, ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE); and and Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director, Ashden Awards


Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the UNGA

Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the UNGA, and Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All


Participants at the end of the Forum


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Day two of the Forum started with the daily Wake-up Call, during which SEforAll CEO Rachel Kyte conversed with Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO Dangote Foundation, about Africa’s development and access to sustainable energy.

In the morning, during the session on Marshalling the Evidence, panelists explored the latest data on access to electrification and clean cooking for high-impact countries and what more needs to be done to ensure going “further, faster” to meet the objective of universal access by 2030. The session on putting Knowledge into Action celebrated leaders who are embracing renewable energy solutions by using ambitious policies and incentives, or business models, to harness the potential of renewable energy.

At noon, participants attended the Deep Dive sessions where leaders discussed: the successes and barriers they face in securing modern energy services for their citizens; the challenges of, and opportunities for, connecting centralized and decentralized energy systems; and how to secure clean cooking for 2.9 billion people in 14 years.

In the afternoon, participants attended Partner Working Sessions on: crowdsourcing data to assess and improve the quality of electricity supply; financial flows for energy access and determining the right levels of finance; unlocking investment for energy efficiency and access in developing countries; accelerating the transformation of the energy sector; driving innovative financing to scale the cookstoves and fuels sectors; leveraging the “trilemma” and fulfilling the promise of integrated electrification planning; delivering sustainable energy in a changing climate; green energy finance in African power systems; barriers and opportunities related to unleashing off-grid solutions to deliver a sustainable energy future; the Silicon Valley clean-energy tech challenge; Africa’s experience in implementing the SEforAll initiative, going from plans to actions; and achieving green and inclusive energy access for governments, civil society and the private sector.

In the evening, participants were entertained by live music while networking over dinner.

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Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director and CEO, Dangote Foundation


The dais during the session on “Marshalling the Evidence” (L-R): Vivien Foster, World Bank Group; Thomas Duveau, Mobisol; Lais Lona, SunFunder Africa; Mafalda Duarte, Climate Investment Funds; Boston Nyer, Co-Founder and General Manager, Burn Manufacturing; and David Lecoque, Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)


The dais during the session on “Knowledge into Action” (L-R): Pete Ogden Vice President, Energy, Climate and Environment, UN Foundation; Issa Kort, President, Energy Commission of the Latin-American Parliament, Chile; Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute (WRI); Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21; Jules Kortenhorst CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute; and Ethan Zindler, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Amory Lovins, Co-Founder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute, during the session on “Disruptive Voices”


The dais during the session on “Renewables Global Futures: Great Debates Towards 100% Renewable Energy” (L-R): Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21; Sören Dengg, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany; Irene Giner-Reichl, President, Global Forum for Sustainable Energy; Georgina Grenon, ENGIE Fab; Aaron Leopold, Practical Action; Mark Radka, UN Environment; and Sven Teske, University of Technology, Sydney


Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India, during the session on “Disruptive Voices”


Monday, 3 April 2017

On Monday morning, Rachel Kyte, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, opened the third SEforAll Forum, inviting participants to the “market place” to share ideas, forge partnerships, drive investments and urge action.

In the morning, participants attended a session on Marshalling the Evidence, focusing on the latest data on productivity for high-impact countries, including the opportunities, barriers, geographies and sectors to “go further, faster.” This was followed by a Knowledge into Action session, during which energy leaders discussed how they are using ambitious policies and incentives to harness the potential of energy efficiency. In a session on the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, high-level panellists discussed the importance of engaging cities in sustainable energy, including on transportation, power supply and energy efficiency in building.

During the lunchtime Dive-Deep sessions, utility leaders discussed significant advances in energy productivity, policy makers talked about transforming their energy and transport systems while creating jobs and economic growth, and industry leaders explored how increasing energy productivity is good for the “bottom line.”

In the afternoon, participants attended Partner Working Sessions on: the potential role of energy in decarbonizing the transport system; the role of results-based financing in realizing sustainable energy for all; a deep dive on the findings of the Global Tracking Framework 2017; the best practices and high impact opportunities in the industrial energy efficiency of India and China; corporate early adopters and disruptors of energy productivity; addressing the data challenge in Africa; tackling heating and cooling in cities; accelerating the efficiency of electricity access; increasing private sector competitiveness through energy management systems; overcoming the barriers to clean energy mini-grid deployment; increasing energy efficiency markets in Latin America and the Caribbean; financing urban building efficiency; and how super-efficient appliances can change the face of energy access.

The day concluded with a first session of Disruptive Voices on reframing energy efficiency to unleash this energy opportunity, and a presentation on ways of shifting public behavior to accelerate the energy transition during the evening networking reception.

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The daisu during the session on “The Wake-Up Call” Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All, opens the 3rd SEforAll Forum; Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA); and Charles Holliday, Chair, Board of Directors, Royal Dutch Shell


(L-R): Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council; Paul Simons, Deputy Executive Director, IEA; and Patrick Oliva, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition, Michelin Group


Participants listen to the address from Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager, Enel Group


(L-R): Jennifer Layke, Global Director, Energy Program, World Resources Institute (WRI), and Josué Tanaka, Managing Director, Operational Strategy and Planning, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

The dais during the session on “Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy” (L-R): Michael Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 108th Mayor of New York City; David Westin, Co-Anchor, Bloomberg Daybreak Americas, Bloomberg Television; Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Convener, Mission 2020; and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, Energy Union, European Commission (EC)


The dais during the session on “The Deep Dive: Good Utility” (L-R): James Spalding, General Director, Itaipu Binacional, Paraguay; Ragna Árnadóttir, Landsvirkjun, National Power Company, Iceland; António Mexia, Energias de Portugal (EDP); and Kate Steel, Energy Director, Power Africa, USAID


The dais during the session on “The Role of Results-Based Financing in Realising Sustainable Energy for All” (L-R): Ruben Walker, Director, African Clean Energy (ACE); Gareth Martin, Head of Sustainable Energy, Climate and Environment, UK Department for International Development (DFID); Léonide Michael Sinsin, Director, ARESS Solar Distribution Company; Marcel Raats, Co-manager, Energising Development (EnDev) Program, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO); and Tom Derksen, Managing Director, Stichting Nederlandse Vrijwilligers (SNV) - the Netherlands' Development Organisation


The dais during the session on “Accelerating the Efficiency of Electricity Access” (L-R): Hannah Daly, IEA; Stuart Neil, World Energy Council; Francesco Catucci, Enel Green Power; Pepukaye Bardouille, International Finance Corporation; Thomas Andrè, Schneider Electric; Aaron Leopold, Practical Action; and Robert Denda, Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks


(L-R): Miquel Muñoz Cabré, IISD Reporting Services; Diego Noguera, IISD Reporting Services; Rachel Kyte, CEO, SEforAll, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Suzi Malan, IISD Reporting Services; and David D. Sussman, IISD Reporting Services


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