The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, it has three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:
- Ensure universal access to modern energy services.
- Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
- Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
These three objectives, each one important in its own right, reinforce each other in important ways. For example, affordable renewable energy technologies bring modern energy services to rural communities where extension of the conventional power grid is prohibitively expensive and impractical. Bolstering energy efficiency can provide substantial cost savings to governments, businesses and households, while freeing up power for other more productive uses. Achieving the three objectives together will maximize development benefits and help stabilize climate change over the long run.
The Sustainable Energy for All initiative also acts in support of the 2014‑2024 Decade of Sustainable Energy for All as declared by the UN General Assembly.