5th June 2017
EP Desk

Participants at the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017 emphasized the role of sustainable energy in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, with discussions highlighting synergies among the SDGs and the importance of joint and integrated approaches for successful implementation.

The VEF, which met under the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement,’ convened from 9-12 May 2017 in Vienna, Austria.

The biennial event was organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and International Affairs, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) initiative, and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

Approximately 1,650 participants from 128 countries, international and non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector attended the event.

Addressing the Forum, UNIDO Director General Li Yong said that implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement calls for a global transformation that goes beyond the energy sector, to include holistic technology solutions, entrepreneurship, policy innovation, new financing instruments and partnerships. Rachel Kyte, SEforALL CEO, called for a revolution in energy productivity, a focus on ending energy poverty and more renewables.

UNIDO Director General Li Yong said that implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement calls for a global transformation beyond the energy sector that includes holistic technology solutions, entrepreneurship, policy innovation, new financing instruments and partnerships.