WEC works with other global organisations to advance understanding and to further the goal of promoting an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy system for the greatest benefit of all. These collaborations include:


United Nations


The World Energy Council has been an active supporter of the work of the United Nations since its creation in 1945 and WEC is proud to be a UN-accredited global energy body.

Dr Christoph Frei, the World Energy Council’s Secretary General, met with Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General on the 10th February 2012. At the meeting Dr Frei presented a letter on behalf of WEC Members and Officers supporting the UN’s “International Year of Sustainable Energy for All” and offering collaboration with the UN to deliver its goals. Mr Ban praised the WEC for its leadership in the energy sector, and explained that sustainable development is the number one priority for the UN. WEC has consolidated this recent collaboration by launching a key stakeholder consultation process at the Executive Assembly in Monaco in November 2012. The World Energy Council is also a member of the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Steering Group on Global Tracking.

Global Electricity Initiative


The World Energy Council (WEC), together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), is taking forward the work of the Global Electricity Initiative (GEI) following its successful launch in Durban during COP 17.

The strengthened initiative will identify, collect and analyse the early actions taken worldwide by electricity utilities to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation. Philippe Joubert, the Executive Chair of the GEI, will lead the efforts to create a dialogue and knowledge platform for utilities to exchange and promote understanding in achieving energy access and climate goals.

Further details can be found in our Work Programme section.

World Water Council

The World Energy Council’s Chairman, Pierre Gadonneix, and Loïc Fauchon, Chairman of the World Water Council, announced their commitment to co-operate in March 2012. The aim of the collaboration is to promote greater energy efficiency in the management of water, recognise and improve energy usage in the water sector, and facilitate cross-sector dialogue. Under this co-operation, the two organisations will share data, studies and information; discuss and consult with each other on future studies and research on water and energy, and ensure that both organisations consider both of these areas in their work; organise sessions and workshops in their respective Congresses; and promote communication on water-energy issues.