Vienna Energy Forum 2018: Special Session on SDG7
14 May 2018 - Under-Secretary General Mr. Liu Zhenmin participated in this year’s Vienna Energy Forum 2018 Special Session (VEF2018) with its focus on the importance of energy system transformation, innovative climate technology, and partnerships for increasing access to energy around the world. In particular, the Forum is being held this year as a special session to support the UN’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in its review of the global progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7.

VEF2018 is organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), and in collaboration with Austria’s Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).

“This year’s SDG 7 review at the High-Level Political Forum presents a critical occasion for taking stock, strengthening our energy-related commitments and redoubling our efforts to meet SDG7 targets.” Said Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of UN. “Outcomes of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum will inform the High-Level Political Forum’s review of SDG7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”

The participants gathered at the Vienna International Centre on 14 May to explore how new technologies are enabling smarter, more decentralized and sustainable ways to produce and deliver energy to consumers. They also looked at the potential of entrepreneurship to drive the development and implementation of technological advances, and the key role of technology cooperation and exchange for increasing global access to clean energy sources.

On 15 May, the VEF2018 held a side-event at the Austrian World Summit. The first of two panels presented the key outcomes of the first day of discussions, while the second debated the role of technology innovation and entrepreneurship for empowering women and youth.

The VEF2018 also hosted the Private Financing Advisory Network’s (PFAN) Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum on 16 May. This event brought together innovators and entrepreneurs and provided innovative business solutions with concrete investment opportunities to curb greenhouse gas emissions and improve climate change resilience.

More than 300 participants attended the Forum, including government ministers, representatives from the UN, other international organizations, the private sector and academia, as well as energy experts.

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