Access to sustainable energy is a necessary pre-condition to achieving many social goals: eradicating poverty, increasing food production, providing clean water, improving public health, enhancing education, creating economic opportunity, empowering women, and combating climate change. In short, development is not possible without energy, and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This panel will showcase how a collaborative worldwide effort focusing on delivering energy solutions in community settings, under the auspices of Sustainable Energy for All, can accelerate progress towards achieving universal energy access by 2030.

Opening: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Moderator: José María Figueres, President, Carbon War Room and former President of Costa Rica

Abser Kamal, CEO, Grameen Shakti
Doris Mejia, Head of External Relations, Practical Action
Laura Stachel, CEO, We Care Solar
Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Richenda Van Leeuwen, Executive Director, Energy Access Practitioner Network, UN Foundation

Guest speaker: Gisele Bündchen, UN Goodwill Ambassador & International Supermodel

The working group recommendations will be officially launched during this event. The report will be made publicly available, and instructions will be circulated on how it can be accessed by members.