Energy Union Vice-President Sefčovič in New York for Sustainable Energy for All Forum

Energy Union Vice-President Maros Sefčovič will travel to New York from 3-4 April to attend the Sustainable Energy for All Forum of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. The Vice-President will open the Forum together with both co-chairs of the Global Covenant of Mayors, Michael Bloomberg and Christiana Figueres. Objective of the Forum is to discuss how policymakers can transform energy and transport systems while creating jobs and economic growth. Vice-President Maros Sefčovič will highlight the EU leadership in the clean energy transition (see Clean Energy Package for all Europeans IP/16/4009) and re-iterate the EU’s readiness to share a wealth of unique experiences, knowledge and best practice on unlocking the market potential including on a governance model with the participation of the private sector and the consumers. Vice-President Sefčovič said: “We take note of what is happening across the Atlantic, and of course we regret it. But I can be very clear on Europe’s role in the fight against climate change: count on us, count the European Union. We stand ready to defend Paris, implement Paris and continue global leadership in the field of climate action. That’s why I will go to New York, to participate in the Sustainable Energy for All – Summit, where I will share Europe’s experience on the low-carbon transition to our partners outside the EU. That’s why we have established the Global Covenant of Mayors, because cities will continue to take ambitious action on climate, also – and more than ever – in the US.” The Forum is hosted by the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. SE4All has been launched by the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to raise awareness of the importance of energy for development before the adoption of the 2030 Agenda with a specific Sustainable Development Goal on energy. The EU has strongly supported SE4All from its very start by Ban Ki-moon as its objectives were perfectly aligned with the EU’s development policy on energy. Find more information about the Sustainable Energy for All and the Global Covenant of the Mayors online. Get the program of the Forum here