7th September 2015
I am writing to share with you the announcement of Rachel Kyte as Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. She will assume her new post in January 2016.
At the same time, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Rachel Kyte as his Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All.
Rachel has been a highly effective advocate for sustainable development. She is a passionate and inspirational leader, who has played a pivotal role in raising the profile of the Bank Group on the critical issues of climate change, clean energy and poverty reduction.
Rachel will continue to serve as the World Bank Group VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change through the Paris climate change Summit in December, working to secure the strongest possible climate agreement at the Summit. In her new role as CEO for SE4All, she will move into translating those commitments from the Summit into action.
We are now one year into the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy for All. The Bank Group is a very proud partner in the global SE4All initiative, created by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and co-chaired by myself and the UNSG. We are strongly invested in the three goals of SE4All – bringing energy access to the more than one billion people in the world living without electricity; doubling the share of renewable energy in the energy mix; and doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
These three goals are interlinked and vital for achieving our twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. It is no coincidence that the proposed Sustainable Development Goal on Energy has also focused on the areas of access, clean energy and energy efficiency.
We look forward to working with Rachel as SE4All sharpens its focus on results on the ground and translates political promises into access to energy for all people.
Jim Yong Kim
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