Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Actions to accelerate and scale-up progress towards the achievement of universal access to energy, increasing the proportion of renewable energy in countries' energy mix and scale up of energy efficiency practices in priority sectors of national economies.

Implementation methodologies

UNDP will support multistakeholder processes to identify gaps and barriers to sustainable energy for all, contribute to technical support in development plans and strategies for development, investments and scale up of actions to address the gaps and barriers, support the implementation of identified actions and contribute to building technical, financial and institutional capacity including to monitor and track progress.

UNDP actions will strengthen the policy and institutional frameworks needed for low-emission, climate-resilient development and sustainable energy; mobilize resources and expand financing options for energy sector development especially in terms of providing access to reliable energy services for low-income households; removing barriers to energy markets for low-income households; scaling up innovations in energy service delivery, by combining innovative, sustainable business models with a wide range of energy technologies; aligning the work of the UN system at the national level behind energy programming that integrates the three strands of sustainable development, via the resident coordinator system; and working with a wide variety of partners, at the global and regional levels, at the national level with governments, the private sector and civil society, and at the local level with local governments, businesses, civil society, and local communities.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


UNDP as part of the Sustainable Energy for All campaign
Gap analysis, action plans and strategies to assist governments to improve energy efficiency in 50 countries by 2016
Gap analysis, action plans and strategies to assist governments to increase the renewable energy mix in 50 countries
Gap analysis, action plans and strategies to assist governments to scale up efforts for achieving universal access to energy,.
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
250,000,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
UNDP and UN Country team staff and consultants
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: 50 countries by 2016
Date of completion: 2016
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Olav Kjorven,

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