Sustainable Energy for All Forum

Co-hosted by Sustainable Energy for All and the Government of Rwanda, the Sustainable Energy for All Forum is the landmark global gathering to take stock of progress, showcase success and identify solutions to achieve faster, broader gains towards sustainable energy for all.

The UN Development Programme will co-organize two events as part of the Forum’s official programme, and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and Regional Director for Africa Ahunna Eziakonwa will deliver keynote speeches. Mr Steiner will deliver his speech virtually while Ms Eziakonwa will act a the UNDP Head of Delegation on-site.

UNDP’s new Sustainable Energy Hub seeks to use the Sustainable Energy for All Forum as a platform to mobilize the game-changing partnerships, innovation and finance needed to both achieve UNDP’s pledge to provide sustainable energy to 500 million people by 2025, and to accelerate a just energy transition in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement targets.

More information on the Sustainable Energy for All Forum:

Event When How to join Description
Leveraging the Sahel’s Water-Food-Energy Nexus


Organized by the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

17 May

3:15-4:00 p.m. CAT/9:15-10 a.m. ET

Register: Government officials, clean energy entrepreneurs and UN leaders including Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel and Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director will discuss key barriers and solutions to increase clean energy access and stimulate productive use of energy in a way that effectively addresses water, energy and food insecurity and thereby sustainably strengthens the resilience of fragile communities in the Sahel.
Transforming Livelihoods by Scaling the Energy Productive Uses, co-organized by UNDP, GIZ and Acumen 17 May

4:30-5:15 p.m. CAT/10:30-11:15 a.m. ET

Register: Productive uses of energy can transform rural livelihoods and decarbonize agricultural value chains through the use of sustainable energy. PUE entrepreneurs need access to investment capital to scale operations and serve low-income and last-mile consumers, supported by policy and regulatory frameworks that guarantee a level playing field. Leaders from the private sector, investment funds, governments and the UN, including UNDP’s Resident Representative in Rwanda Mr Maxwell Gomera and Special Representative for Energy in Africa from BMZ/GIZ Bärbel Höhn, will discuss how entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers collaborate to grow this promising ecosystem.
Keynote speech (in-person): Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa 18 May

4:45 p.m. CAT/10:45 a.m. ET

Register: As Africa’s energy systems are at a crossroads, Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa will give a short keynote speech outlining her vision of a just energy transition in Africa. The speech will call to rethink development approaches when it comes to sustainable energy, and highlight the solutions that need to be scaled up to support countries in transforming their energy systems to both advance progress for sustainable energy access for all and related Sustainable Development Goals while limiting climate change.
Keynote speech (virtual): Mr Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator and Co-Chair of UN-Energy 19 May

12:25 p.m. CAT/6:25 a.m. ET

Register: As the world’s energy systems are under increased pressure, Mr Achim Steiner will deliver a speech at the closing plenary of the Forum to outline his vision for the future of energy.

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