Vienna Energy Conference 2009
Enhanced international cooperation is central to achieving a transition to a “green economy” and “green industry”. While UN-Energy, an inter-agency mechanism composed of 20 UN system organizations, plays a key role in this regard, additional efforts are required to galvanize international action towards a low carbon economy.
It is in this context that the Director-General of UNIDO, in his capacity as Chairman of UN-Energy, together with the Government of Austria and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have decided that the organisation of an international energy conference would be both timely and sensible.
All three co-organising agencies have a lot to bring to the table in the global energy discussions:
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
UNIDO strongly supports the efforts to combat climate change, promote industrial energy efficiency, support cleaner production techniques and promote renewable sources of energy. In the past two years UNIDO has organised a number of successful, highly visible Global Forum activities.
International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
IIASA is an international research organization conducting inter-disciplinary scientific studies. The Global Energy Assessment (GEA) is a major initiative established by IIASA in late 2005, dealing with the challenges of providing energy services for sustainable development. World-renowned speakers will present highlights of the GEA at the conference.
Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE)
The GFSE facilitates dialogue between key players and encourages public-private cooperation in the field of sustainable energy. The 10th anniversary of the GFSE will be celebrated as part of this conference.
Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)
The Austrian Foreign Affairs Ministry (BMeiA) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) together with the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) support the conference by offering the Hofburg as the venue and by hosting both plenary sessions and side events.