Vienna Energy Forum 2017

May 11, 2017 — May 12, 2017   |   Vienna, Austria

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Attend the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017 to engage in a dynamic and critical debate that will shape the future energy landscape. Of note for the SAFE Community: The 2017 Forum will include a side event on Clean Energy for Migrants and Vulnerable Groups (see Side Events below).

This year's forum theme is “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 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 well-being, which needs to be approached in an integrated manner to best synergize solutions.

Ensuring sustainable energy for all whilst adhering to the 2030 Agenda and implementation of Climate Agreement remains one of the greatest challenges of our time. Fostering innovation provides us with an opportunity to develop a new capacity for jobs and wealth creation whilst safeguarding the environment and ensuring affordable and clean energy access for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted by the world leaders aim to address the interlinked problems of inequality, hunger and climate change. VEF 2017 will focus specifically on addressing the linkages among the key SDGs and their contribution to the 2030 Development Agenda, with an emphasis on better policy analysis and institutional arrangements needed to spur innovation, as well as tools necessary to increase the role of innovation as a driver of economic growth, job creation and sustainable development.

The Forum will continue to be the global high level platform for discussing the pivotal sustainability challenges of our age, and the catalytic role of energy in achieving inclusive and sustainable development.

Side Events

Under the umbrella of the Vienna Energy Forum’s theme for 2017, Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, the EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) will open room for discussion on the role energy does and can play in one of the 21st century’s most pressing issues: migration. The side-event on 9 May follows an earlier discussion forum in Brussels, which saw the launch of the EUEI PDF’s working paper “The Role of Energy in the Migration Debate”. For more information about the side-events and registration, see here. Registration is open until 8 May. If you can’t attend the event, follow our live coverage on Twitter: @Energy4Dev

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