Breaking News: Our Leader Emerges

Today at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced through the spokesperson and a press release that Under Secretary General, and Special Representative of the SG and Chief Executive Officer for SE4All, Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, will step down from his post in July this year. This confirms the revelation in November last year by KKYs wife at the UKI dinner that indeed our leader had informed the UN about his desire to return to Salone to serve his people.
 
In a note to the Advisory Board of SE4All, Dr. Yumkella himself said "It has not been an easy decision to end my 19-year career serving humanity under the auspices of the UN system, including as Director General of UNIDO. But I believe it is now time for me to go home to serve my people in Sierra Leone." 
 
It is noteworthy that luminaries like  US Secretary of State John Kerry, and about 10 other Ministers of international development cooperation and statesmen/women serve on the Advisory Board managed by Dr. Yumkella; they include the Minister for DFID Ms. Greening, the Minister for the German BMZ, and others from France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The EU Commissioner for International Development is also a member. 
 
One can only imagine the goodwill and support our country will receive from these major donors when KKYM serves as President and Commander in Chief of our nation. To give up so much for his nation at this time of need is exemplary and gives us hope that the best days are yet to come for our people.
 
Always full of humility, KKY's statement also says "It has been an honour and privilege to work with many colleagues at the UN and across the world, and to be elected twice as director general of a UN-Specialized Agency. I have learnt a lot along the way, especially being part of the Chief Executives Board of global leaders dealing with the most formidable challenges facing the community of nations, from poverty and inequality to human rights, climate change and other causes of vulnerability and insecurity. As a member of the CEB one of the momentous challenges was to deal with the global food, fuel and financial crisis in 2008 – the worst global economic meltdown since the 1930s – and to play an active role in the process of defining a new inclusive and transformative global development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals".
 
We called a few Yumkella family members to get some information . They indicated that KKY had already informed the Secretary General last year that he intended to step down. Also, concerning when and how he will declare, they suggested that KKY will soon start national/local engagement with various stakeholders (Chiefs, party elders, youth groups, women's groups, civil society etc.) before he declares. One family member noted that "It is a tradition that as a Chief's son he should seek the views of his elders and other stakeholders before he comes out to seek the mantle of leadership, the same will apply to the Presidency.  He wants to know what the people think, what are their aspirations and can he gain their trust and confidence. But have no doubt he is coming home for politics".
 
By Donald Roberts
 
See the full text of the KKY's personal message to his Advisory Board.

Dear Members of the Advisory Board,
 
A few months ago I informed the Secretary General that I would like to step down as his Special Representative and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All as of July 2015. He has now graciously accepted my request and the announcement will be made soon.
 
It has not been an easy decision to end my 19-year career serving humanity under the auspices of the UN system, including as Director General of UNIDO. But I believe it is now time for me to go home to serve my people in Sierra Leone.
 
It has been an honour and privilege to work with many colleagues at the UN and across the world, and to be elected twice as director general of a UN-Specialized Agency. I have learnt a lot along the way, especially being part of the Chief Executives Board of global leaders dealing with the most formidable challenges facing the community of nations, from poverty and inequality to human rights, climate change and other causes of vulnerability and insecurity. As a member of the CEB, one of the momentous challenges was to deal with the global food, fuel and financial crisis in 2008 – the worst global economic meltdown since the 1930s – and to play an active role in the process of defining a new inclusive and transformative global development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals.
 
I am grateful to the Secretary General for granting me the opportunity to chair and lead UN-Energy, the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), the Advisory Group on Sustainable Energy for All, and now to serve as SRSG/CEO for SE4All. 
 
It has been an intense and uplifting experience to play a part in putting the goal of universal access to sustainable energy in its rightful place as a central pillar of the sustainable development agenda. I was present through the conception and birth of SE4All, and it has been a privilege to help guide it to where we are today, on the cusp of achieving a sustainable development goal for energy. Thank you for your support on this journey, and your wisdom.
 
I’m also happy to see the Deputy Secretary General and the SE4All Executive Committee (under the able leadership of Mr. Chad Holliday) oversee the transition process to a new leadership and robust longer term institutional arrangement for the initiative. We have set up a selection panel to recruit a new leader for SE4All. I have no doubt that the initiative is in fine hands and will continue to go from strength to strength. It is a vision whose time has come, demonstrating in very practical terms that achieving universal energy access and mitigating climate change are not mutually exclusive goals, but can be part of the same, coherent solution. 
 
Almost three years after world leaders at Rio+20 declared that “we are all determined to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality”, 2015 provides an historic opportunity for SE4All and all of us to be drivers for change to achieve the future Sustainable Development Goals and climate change agreements. SE4All is already engaged to support relevant processes, including the post-2015 deliberations, Financing for Development, G20 efforts and COP 21. Our annual UN Sustainable Energy for All Forum will provide a platform to spread our vision, share innovations and inspire all stakeholders to take bold actions.
 
There’s a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. I like to think we’ve been that village, together raising Sustainable Energy for All to become a strong, mature voice in the world, one that can galvanise real action to improve lives. Individuals come and go, but the village carries on. Under your guidance, and with the dedication of its small staff and huge network of partners, I know the SE4All movement will continue to grow and flourish.