NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 19 April 2013 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced the members of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, kicking off a major new phase of activity for this global public-private partnership.
The Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative includes distinguished global leaders in business, finance, governments, and civil society. The launch of the Board, co-chaired by the Secretary-General and the President of the World Bank, marks the first time the two leaders have jointly led such an effort, underscoring the emphasis each institution places on providing sustainable energy for all.
“Sustainable energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and a stable climate and healthy environment. The Advisory Board has the top-flight expertise and experience needed to help us reach our goal of providing sustainable energy for all by 2030,” said the Secretary-General. “This initiative represents a new era of partnership with the World Bank. Working together, I am confident we can help to transform the world’s energy systems.”
“More than 1.2 billion people don’t have access to electricity, and another 2.8 billion use solid fuels to cook and heat their homes. This is deadly – it exposes them to toxic smoke that kills about four million people a year,” said Jim Yong Kim.
“Delivering universal access to electricity and safe household fuels is a fundamental condition to end poverty. We have to meet this challenge in a sustainable way that also takes into consideration the battle against climate change.”
The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched by the Secretary-General in 2011, it has three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030: provide universal access to modern energy; double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix; and double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
Advisory Board members will provide strategic guidance and serve as global ambassadors for the initiative, conducting high-level advocacy for action on energy and mobilizing stakeholders on behalf of Sustainable Energy for All. Additional Advisory Board members will be announced after further consultations with stakeholders.
The Secretary-General today also named the members of the initiative’s 10-person Executive Committee, which is headed by Chad Holliday, Chairman of Bank of America. In September 2012, the Secretary-General designated Kandeh K. Yumkella, the Director General of UNIDO, as his Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and chief executive of the effort.
The Sustainable Energy for All initiative brings together top-level leadership from all sectors of society, drawing on the global convening power of the United Nations and the World Bank and combining the efforts of hundreds of stakeholders from around the world.
The initiative has demonstrated the ability to mobilize multi-billion dollar commitments, leverage large-scale investments, and build upon and a rapidly expanding knowledge network. More than 70 countries have opted-in to the initiative since its launch, with support coming from every part of the world – including African energy ministers, members of the Clean Energy Ministerial, the European Commission, and the Small Island Developing States.
The initiative is also mobilizing businesses, investors, and civil society to take action on "high impact initiatives" such as off-grid lighting, building energy efficiency, energy and women's health, and the procurement of renewable energy.
Advisory Board members and Affiliations:
José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman and CEO, Acciona
Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive Officer, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Jean-Marc Ollagnier, Group Chief Executive, Accenture Resources
Lutaf R. Kassam, Group Managing Director, Industrial Promotion Services Limited
Mustapha Bakkoury, Chief Executive Officer, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy
Helge Lund, CEO, Statoil
Ceri Powell, VP of World Wide Exploration, Royal Dutch Shell
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO and Managing Director, MASDAR
Civil Society, Foundations, and Eminent Personality
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN
Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation
Strive Masiyiwa, Founder, Carbon War Room; Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless
Reema Nanavaty, Secretary-General, Self-Employed Women’s Association
Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Ratan Tata, Former Chair, Tata Group
Sheila Oparaocha, Executive-Secretary, Energia
Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Edison Lobão, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil
Christian Friis Bach, Development Minister, Denmark
Andris Piebalgs, Development Commissioner, European Commission
Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Minister of Power, India
Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa
Gunilla Carlsson, Minister of Development Cooperation, Sweden
Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President, Iceland
HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud, Deputy Minister, Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia
Michael Spindelegger, Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Austria
Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme and Chair, UNDG
Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative, Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director General, OPEC Fund for International Development
Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Adnan Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Executive Committee members:
Heikki Holmås, Development Minister, Norway
Luciano Coutinho, President, Brazilian Development Bank
Brian Dames, Chief Executive Officer, Eskom
Rachel Kyte, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning, United Nations
Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, The Energy and Resources Institute (India)
Andrew Steer, President, World Resources Institute
Timothy Wirth, Vice Chair, UN Foundation
Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, U.S. State Dept.
Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General (EuropeAid), European Commission