New speakers and program announced for 2018 Sustainable Energy for All Forum

The first round of speakers and new program for the 2018 Sustainable Energy for All forum, the landmark event celebrating the sustainable energy movement, has been unveiled.

Hosted by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), this year’s Forum is held under the theme Leaving No One Behind. The two-day program will address how a significant number of people worldwide are still missing out on education, health, jobs and broader economic opportunities because they do not have access to affordable, reliable, clean energy. Closing these energy gaps — especially for those traditionally thought of in the ‘last mile’— is the Forum’s imperative.

This year’s Forum will feature keynote speeches and disruptive insights from a wide array of experts, as well as deep-dive discussions on scalable success – and remaining, critical challenges – in meeting Sustainable Development Goal 7 on time.

Speakers announced that will be attending the Forum include: Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Amadou Hott, Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank; Michael Keating, UN Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Somalia; Fiza Farhan, Global Strategic Development Advisor, UN High Level Panel on Women Economic Empowerment and Punjab Task Force on Women Empowerment; Thomas Gottschalk, Chief Executive Officer, Mobisol; Damilola Ogunbiyi, Managing Director, Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency; Sam Parker, Director, Shell Foundation; and Howard Bamsey, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund. The full list of speakers is available here.

Now in its fourth year, this year’s Forum comes at a key moment for accelerating progress on global sustainable energy goals. Specifically, how do we achieve a clean energy transition that delivers universal energy access, but in the context of the Paris Climate Agreement, which calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.

Taking place at the Convento do Beato in central Lisbon, Portugal, May 2 – 3, the Forum will be a marketplace for government, business, international finance and civil society to come together to showcase success, interrogate failure and identify what’s needed to achieve faster, broader gains towards this transition that can provide clean, affordable energy for all.

Read the program here.

To confirm, your place at this momentous event, please follow the registration link here.

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