About World Energy Forum

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About World Energy Forum

Following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, all 189 United Nations Member States at the time adopted 8 Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015. Coming to the realization that meeting all Millennium Development Goals depends upon access to modern energy services which are a quintessential prerequisite to economic, social, and human development worldwide, under the leadership of Prof. Harold Hyun Suk Oh, participating the United Nations and the World Bank, World Energy Forum was organized in 2007 in New York as a not-for-profit international organization with the following primary mandates:

  • Provide leadership to achieve a universal energy access to benefit all nations and peoples and thereby to promote economic, social, and human development worldwide
  • Provide leadership for efficient, cleaner, and safer ways of producing and using conventional energy, while transforming global energy system to sustainable energy
  • Provide leadership to facilitate a new global sustainable civilization that achieves peace and harmony among humankind as well as with the rest of the biosphere and the natural environment.

From its founding, World Energy Forum held annual International Energy Conferences at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City until 2012, when World Energy Forum 2012 was hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At World Energy Forum 2012, Prof. Harold Hyun Suk Oh, President of World Energy Forum proclaimed the Opening Day October 22 as World Energy Day which is now observed internationally. World Energy Forum conferences and exhibitions have achieved high-level leaders’ participation from governments, global corporations, academic and financial institutions from all United Nations Member States (currently 193 countries). By doing so, World Energy Forum has elevated the theme of “energy for all” as the highest political agenda and discourse globally.