Monday, 17 May 2010

Yumkella and Spindelegger to present key report on energy and climate change

VIENNA, 17 May 2010 - The heads of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Foreign Ministry, Kandek K. Yumkella and Michael Spindelegger, will present a key energy report in Vienna on Wednesday.

The report, "Energy for a Sustainable Future", prepared by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), calls for expanding energy access to more than two billion people, and for scaling up efforts to increase energy efficiency and clean energy efforts to meet the climate challenge and realize the Millennium Development Goals.

The Advisory Group will work with UN-Energy, an interagency coordinating mechanism for energy issues, to implement the recommendations in the course of this year. Both AGECC and UN-Energy are chaired by Director-General Kandeh K. Yumkella.

Journalists are invited to attend the event at 14:00, on Wednesday, 19 May, in the Hofburg’s  Kleiner Redoutensaal, Joseph Platz, Vienna.

Please accredit yourself in advance with the press department of the Austrian Foreign Ministry by e-mail: or register by fax +43 (0) 50 1159 204. Journalists will need to have a valid press card or a current letter from their editors when receiving the Hofburg entry pass.

For further information, please contact:

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Press Office
Tel: + +43 (0) 50 1150-3262, 4549, 4550, 3739
Fax: + +43 (0) 50 1159-213

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO press secretary
Tel: +43-699-1459-7329 or +43-650-391-5278