Kandeh K. Yumkella

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Kandeh K. Yumkella is Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative and holds the rank of Under-Secretary- General in the United Nations.

As Special Representative, Mr. Yumkella will seek to mobilize action toward a sustainable energy future and accelerate the implementation of the Secretary-General’s initiative as well as engaging with the leadership of relevant stakeholders in government, businesses, academia and civil society at the highest level to advocate for and promote sustainable energy for all.

Prior to his appointment as Special Representative and Chief Executive, Mr. Yumkella was appointed Co-Chair of the High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All by United Nations Secretary General in recognition of his leadership and passion for energy and environment-related causes following a decision by the United Nations General Assembly to designate 2012 as the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All.

In this position, he was instrumental in guiding the initiative and in underscoring the need for universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and enhanced deployment of renewable sources of energy.

In 2008, United Nations Secretary-General appointed him Chair of UN-Energy in an effort to bring together all the United Nations organizations dealing with energy related issues. As its Chairman, Mr. Yumkella brought a renewed and vital focus to global energy issues and helped to coordinate the United Nations response to energy issues. The Secretary-General has requested Mr. Yumkella to remain in this position.

From 2008 – 2010, Mr. Yumkella was Chair of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC). As Chair of AGECC, he played a leading international role in identifying the lack of access to energy as a crucial constraint for development efforts. In April 2010, the group released its report and confirmed the need to increase energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy options in order to confront the challenges of climate change and realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

As a Member of the Rio+20 Principals Group, he played a crucial role in the preparations leading to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and has been an active member of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), with responsibilities for setting and coordinating the global development priorities of the United Nations.

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