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Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017
Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement

9-12 May 2017 | Vienna, Austria

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A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017 themed ‘Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement’ will convene from 9-12 May 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

The VEF is a biennial, global and multi-stakeholder forum launched in 2008 to explore development challenges from the perspective of sustainable energy and to debate solutions to those challenges. It is a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

VEF 2017 aims to contribute to the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. Among other things, it will discuss the importance of the linkages between climate and development, and also examine the role of innovation in achieving SDG 7 (ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and related SDGs.

The Forum will feature side events from 9-10 May and plenary sessions from 11-12 May. The side events are to cover such topics as achieving SDG 7, sustainable energy solutions in landlocked developing countries, innovative business models to attract sustainable energy investment for least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), capacity building, clean energy for migrants and vulnerable groups, improving energy access, technology transfer, modern cooking energy, achieving a low-carbon society, regional incubation networks, micro-grids, smart city development, energy scenarios for sub-Saharan African cities, catalyzing action on energy efficiency, global research initiatives in support of the 2030 Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement, and promoting women to advance the global energy transition.

The plenary sessions will promote dialogue on the nexus between energy, climate, transport, food, water and health, linkages among the key SDGs and their contribution to the 2030 Development Agenda, and the role of innovation as a global driver for sustainable growth.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided a summary report from VEF 2017, which is available in HTML and PDF.

Funding for coverage of VEF 2017 has been provided by UNIDO