SE4All – Sustainable Energy for All

Set up in 2011, the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) programme is an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that brings together top-level leadership from all sectors of society to support universal access to sustainable energy by 2030.

Sustainable Energy for All has generated significant momentum since its launch. More than 75 countries have chosen to pursue Sustainable Energy for All’s objectives and over than 50 High Impact Opportunities (HIOs) have been identified.


2012 was declared International Year of Sustainable Energy for All by the United Nations. During the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”), which was a part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All), partnerships between the United Nations system, States, development banks, the private sector and the civil society have been strengthened and billions of dollars have been raised for commitments and concrete action. Considering the global challenges in the field of development and environment, RIO+20 was a unique opportunity to intensify practical solutions so that, by 2030, the world would be on the right track to reach sustainable growth and implement sustainable and universally accessible energetic systems. Today, over 1.3 billion people worldwide, above all in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, have no access to electricity.


SE4All works towards achieving three interlinked objectives by 2030:
-  Providing universal access to energy services;
-  Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency;
-  Reaching a share of 30% of renewable energy in the global energy mix (which means doubling this share compared to 2012)


Over seventy countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean are concerned by the SE4All Initiative and support it. National coordination committees were created and tasked with establishing national programmes based on concrete actions towards achieving the objectives. In order to identify the priorities, the committees conduct evaluations and analyses of the faults and weaknesses of the national energetic systems.

Examples of activities :
-  Promoting programmes for clean cooking stoves and fuels in Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Central America
-  Mitigating the risks in clean energy investments
-  Providing development assistance for geothermal electricity
-  Assisting municipalities for a better energy control
-  Helping countries map their sources of renewable energies
-  Helping small island developing countries invest in clean energies
-  Broadening the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), which aims at capturing gases in order to use them instead of flaring them
-  Broadening the programmes for a better access to electricity, which develops off-grid lighting

Partnerships and funding

Companies and investors have mobilised over $50 billion in order to achieve the Initiative’s three objectives. Billions of dollars have been raised by other key actors, such as States, multilateral development banks, international organisations and the civil society to catalyse support for the Initiative. At the Rio+20 Conference, over $500 billion have been mobilised and over 700 promises were made, a majority of them in the field of renewable energies. The investment of 36,6 billion euros a year would be required to ensure universal access to energy by 2030.

France and the SE4All Initiative

France is committed to a comprehensive and balanced approach of all three objectives of the Initiative SE4All. The French Agency for Development (AFD)’s action for energy access is a part of the Initiative.

Dernière modification : 25/03/2020

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