By Wallace Mawire
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is set to host the next Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum in Kigali from 26 to 28 May 2020.
It is reported that the forum will be hosted under the theme Building speed, reaching scale, closing the gap.
It is reported that 2020 marks a major political milestone in efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, including SDG7 on universal access to sustainable energy. It also begins the next commitment period under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the moment when the world must dramatically raise its ambition on climate action.
“We are excited to host the 2020 global SEforALL Forum and look forward to welcoming entrepreneurs, community leaders, policy makers, financiers and investors to Kigali. Holding the global SEforALL Forum in Africa reaffirms the continent’s commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7. It will be also a chance to share experiences with the rest of the world and mobilise resources to turn ideas into reality,” said Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Minister of Environment.
The 2020 SEforALL Forum will be a major event at the start of the final decade to achieve SDG7, providing a global platform to mobilize resources, connect partners and showcase action to realize the promise of the sustainable energy revolution for everyone.
“We look forward to our next SEforALL Forum taking place in Rwanda and on African soil,” said SEforALL’s CEO Rachel Kyte. “While Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the furthest to go in ensuring access to reliable, affordable and clean energy, it is also the region where the urgent needs of people and promise of the renewable energy revolution offer the most exciting opportunities for invention and breakthroughs. If we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and raise ambition for climate action, all roads take us to Africa and solutions found in Africa can lead the rest of the world. What better place to embark upon the final decade of our effort to meet SDG7 and the other goals that sustainable energy supports.”
The 2020 Forum in Kigali will be:
- The most dynamic and diverse convening of the movement since the establishment of the SDGs;
- A space to take stock of progress and focus on what’s working, what isn’t and why;
- A platform for mobilizing resources and launching new financial instruments that will close the energy access gap effectively and efficiently;
- A forum for collaboration and a place for partnerships to showcase action;
- A marketplace where entrepreneurs, community leaders, city leaders, policy makers, financiers and investors can connect.