IUCN’s Director General joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi January 2012 to outline his Sustainable Energy for All initiative to the media.
To help him drive this Initiative, the Secretary General established a High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All in September 2011. Members of the group are 32 individuals drawn from government, business, the intergovernmental system, and civil society. The Group is assisted by technical advisers and IUCN is represented on this group by its Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre. In the group comprising government and NGO members, IUCN is the only conservation organization with nature in our core mission on the group,
Also, as part of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, the United Nations Foundation has launched a new global Energy Access Practitioner Network. The network will bring together members from the private sector and civil society working together to delivery energy services and solutions related to electrification in various developing country developing a more integrated approach to energy access planning and execution in support of the Sustainable Energy for All Target to achieve universal energy access by 2030. The Network will focus on both household and community level electrification for productive purposes, incorporating specific market-based applications for health, agriculture, education, small business, communities and household solutions.
With 2012 being the International Year of Sustainable Energy (2012), the initiative aims to serve as an important input to the Rio+20 Summit that takes place in June and to achieve specific objectives by 2030. These include: universal access to modern energy services; doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.