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“If we’re to achieve a clean energy transition that supports climate action and closes energy access gaps, the innovation, commitment and drive of young leaders is not just desirable, it is essential,” says Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy.  

SEforALL in partnership with the Clean Cooking Alliance and EM-ONE Energy Solutions, will host the inaugural Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Youth Summit to be held from 9-11 February 2021. 

The Summit aims to empower young global leaders to support a just and inclusive clean energy transition in line with the Paris Agreement.

The agenda will address the sustainable energy transition, climate action and energy access to support faster action on Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) – access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.

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“Whether you’re a high school student or a young professional, access to energy can allow you to achieve your full potential – from studying, job opportunities, opening your own business or simply enjoying life. Our aim is to create a conversation between youth and world leaders and start talking about sustainable energy that meets the needs of young people without compromising their future,” said Ogunbiyi.

Mir Islam, EM-ONE Energy Solutions CEO, also commented: “The SEforALL Youth Summit will kickstart an important year for the sustainable energy transition. Meaningful action requires close partnership and collaboration between the private and public sector, and we are excited to play our part in putting youth at the heart of this vision to mobilise action for SDG7.”

Young leaders from around the world are pivotal to meet SDG7 by 2030. What they bring to the table is critical to ensure universal access to clean cooking and modern energy, according to Dymphna van der Lans, Clean Cooking Alliance CEO. “That’s why we must empower and support them with opportunities and knowledge to become the world’s energy professionals and leaders of tomorrow.”

The outcomes of the Summit will feed directly into key moments this year that SEforALL is leading to drive more ambitious action towards universal energy access, including the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy in September and the UN climate change conference – COP26 – in December.