United Nations Foundation


Membership Tier: Steering Committee

The Energy & Climate team of the United Nations Foundation (UNF) works with the UN and other partners to help move the world toward a safer, cleaner, more equitable and climate-friendly energy future – by implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and by supporting Sustainable Energy for All, an initiative launched in 2011 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and co-led by World Bank President Jim Kim, that balances three global objectives for 2030:

  • Ensuring universal access to modern energy services.
  • Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
  • Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Sustainable Energy for All provides a framework for addressing climate change through increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency within a framework of sustainable development.

The Energy Access Practitioner Network  is UNF’s contribution to Sustainable Energy for All.  A global network of over 2500 members representing small, medium, and large clean energy enterprises, civil society, government, and academia operating in over 170 countries, the Practitioner Network was established in 2011 to catalyze the delivery of modern energy services, particularly decentralized solutions for rural electrification. To date, members of the Energy Access Practitioner Network report that they have helped deliver clean, reliable, and affordable energy solutions to millions globally. In 2014 alone, their practitioners reported almost 2.5 million installations completed and products sold, and over 21 million individuals provided with sustainable energy solutions.

Why UNF Energy & Climate Joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group

UNF Energy & Climate works alongside the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (another UNF initiative), on scaling energy access in developing countries, with a network of over 2,000 energy service providers, civil society, government agencies and others focusing on decentralized energy solutions for rural electrification. Through the Energy Access Practitioner Network, the team promotes new technologies and business models; provides a platform to convene stakeholders around new partnerships; and facilitates the adoption of quality standards. While primarily supporting market-led approaches, it also advocates for and assists in electrification efforts around conflict and humanitarian settings, in which normal market activities may be disrupted or suspended.  

UNF Energy & Climate has served as a member of the SAFE Steering Committee since 2014, and has:

  • Assisted in collecting data for mapping SAFE-related projects around the world;
  • Collaborated with Lighting Global & the Alliance in hosting a first-of-its-kind meeting on “Solar Lighting in Humanitarian Emergency Settings: Assuring quality and sustainability of small-scale renewable energy solutions in global emergency response”; and
  • Provided input for Lighting Global’s "Technical Note Issue 20: Procurement of Off-grid Lighting Products – Guidance for Aid Organizations and Governments".  

The Practitioner Network hopes to continue serving as the lighting/electrification expert among the SAFE committee members.

Jem Porcaro | jporcaro@unfoundation.org


Luc Severi | lseveri@unfoundation.org