09 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Vienna, Austria

Vienna Energy Forum 2017

The biennal Vienna Energy Forum  brings together researchers, policymakers, and civil society for a high-level summit on energy and its linkages to sustainable development and climate change.

© Vienna Energy Forum

© Vienna Energy Forum

The next Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) will be centered around the theme Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. VEF 2017 will highlight the multiplier effects of integrated approaches for sustainable development at the national, regional and global levels. The forum, hosted by UNIDO, IIASA, and other partners, will also accentuate the potentials of the sustainable energy nexus - linking energy to water, food and health - as well as innovation as a global driver for accelerated sustainable growth.

The nexus between energy, climate, transport, food, water and health are inseparable and an essential contributor to social progress and human wellbeing, which needs to be approached in an integrated manner to best synergize solutions.



IIASA participation


Tuesday 9 May 

Side event

14:00 to 15:30 | Conference Room 1 (C Building, 2nd floor), Vienna International Centre
Global Research Initiatives in Support of the 2030 Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement and Launch of New GEA Knowledge Management Platform

This side event will present three major global research initiatives hosted at IIASA and being carried out with multiple institutions in every region of the world (over 50) and international institutions. More


Thursday 11 May 

09:00-10:00 | Hofburg Festsaal
Opening Session
IIASA Director General & CEO Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat will join other co-organizers in the opening plenary session.

14:00-15:15 | Hofburg Festsaal
The Energy, Food Security, Land, Water, and Health Nexus
Kabat will chair this session, which will focus specifically on the role of energy in three SDGs that are critical to developing countries in the fight against poverty – food security, water, and health. Panelists will examine the synergies between and among this cluster of SDGs and the need to address them together in order to enhance impact.

18:30-21:00 | The Ritz-Carlton, Schubertring 5, Vienna
Financial Times Live Event: Moving SDGs & the Paris Agreement Forward: Clean energy’s role in addressing implementation challenges

This high-level executive dinner discussion, in association with UNIDO and IIASA, will gather senior policy-makers, business leaders and scientists to discuss the critical role the clean energy sector has to play in advancing the world’s sustainable development agenda. Speakers will include: 

  • H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma, Ambassador for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Burkina Faso
  • Christoph Frei,  Director General, World Energy Council
  • Pavel Kabat, Director General and CEO, IIASA
  • Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria
  • Li Yong, Director General United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

More information 
Attendance is by invitation only.


Find the full program on the VEF2017 website

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