IEA Executive Director joins UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative’s Advisory Board

19 April 2013

IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven (third from right on second row from back) with the other members of the new SE4All Advisory Board in Washington. Courtesy of United Nations, all rights reserved.

IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven joined the Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (UN SE4All) Initiative when the group of private- and public-sector leaders convened for the first time on 19 April in Washington. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who launched the initiative, chairs the new Advisory Board along with Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank, which hosted the inaugural meeting.

SE4All aims to meet three objectives by 2030: achieving universal access to modern energy; doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix; and doubling the rate of improvement of energy efficiency. Currently, 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity, while 2.6 billion do not have clean cooking facilities.

“This is an important honour for the International Energy Agency,” Ms. Van der Hoeven said of the appointment. “It recognises how the IEA has long been an advocate of goals for improving energy access, increasing adoption of renewables and improving energy efficiency. In particular, for more than a decade, the World Energy Outlook has published analysis on energy access, and since 2011, the IEA Chief Economist, Fatih Birol, has served on the SE4All High-Level Group. Currently, the IEA is co-leading, with the World Bank, work on a Global Tracking Framework to formally document the starting points for the UN SE4All initiative. This report, recently finalised, intends to provide an overview on the current global status of progress towards the three UNSE4All goals, and to identify ways to track progress through to 2030.”

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