Our Story

Our Story

Following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, all 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently) 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 Dr. Harold HyunSuk Oh, executives of the United Nations and the World Bank had gathered together in 2007 to create World Energy Forum as a not-for-profit international organization with the following primary objectives:

  • Providing leadership to achieve a universal energy access to benefit all nation and peoples
  • Providing leadership for world’s transition to sustainable energy
  • Providing leadership to achieve sustainability throughout all human practices so as to facilitate the emergence of a new sustainable global civilization

Since its founding, World Energy Forum has achieved high-level leaders participation from governments, global corporations, academic and financial institutions from all over the world and by doing so the organization has elevated the theme of “energy for all” as the highest political agenda and discourse globally.


World Energy Forum is the world’s premier platform for energy leadership and is to lead a global conversation on energy issues and to educate and campaign for accessible and sustainable energy that can benefit all nations and peoples. To this end, World Energy Forum facilitates political will as well as research, technological advancement, and capacity-building so as to achieve a sustainable global civilization.

Responsibilities and Goals

  • Promotes universal access to reliable and adequate supply of all forms of energy
  • Facilitates sustainable energy policies that spur economic growth and global environmental protection
  • Supports global collaboration on energy technologies to secure future energy supplies and deployment of low carbon technologies
  • Finds solutions to global energy challenges through technological engagement and dialogue

A Global Movement

  • Improving access to modern energy services and enhancing energy efficiency
  • Raising awareness of the essential role of clean energy reducing climate change
  • Promoting economic growth, conserving natural resources, ensuring biodiversity mitigating desertification, ensuring food security, and sustainable development

Key Goals to Achieve by 2030

  • Universal Energy Access: Energy services must be reliable, affordable, sustainable, and low-carbon, create improved conditions for economic growth, and enable the poorest nations to escape poverty
  • Reducing Global Energy Intensity by 40 %: Build and strengthen capacity to implement effective policies, market-based mechanisms, viable business models, investment tools and regulations with regard to energy use