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Background on UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative is a global initiative that was launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Ban Ki-moon in September 2011, to mobilise the UN system, governments, the private sector and civil society to take concrete action toward three critical objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  1. ensuring universal access to modern energy services;
  2. doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
  3. doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

The Government of Ghana recognises the potential of the SE4ALL initiative as a vehicle to drive the implementation of its National Energy Policy (2010) which has a goal to achieve: universal access to electricity by 2020; increase energy efficiency practices in residential, commercial and industrial applications; and 10% contribution of renewable energy in the electricity generation mix by 2020.  

Hence, under the leadership of the Energy Commission and the then Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (now Ministry of Power and Ministry of Petroleum), key government ministries and agencies, civil society organisations, private actors and development partners were engaged to identify and prioritise high impact opportunity areas that would significantly contribute to the attainment of the objectives of SE4ALL and drive sustainable development in Ghana.  Five SE4ALL high impact opportunities were selected, namely,

  • Universal Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions
  • Off-Grid Lighting & Charging
  • Sustainable Energy for Island Economies
  • Clean Energy Mini-grids
  • Productive Uses of Electricity

The Ghana Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Action Plan was developed and launched in May 2013 with technical support from UNDP, Ghana.  Following a decision by SE4ALL stakeholders in Africa to refocus Action Plan documents into Action Agendas in December 2013, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) provided Technical Assistance to Ghana to reformulate our Action Plan to an Action Agenda.

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