VIENNA, 16 June 2011 – Over 1000 participants, including heads of State, ministers, energy experts, representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector are expected to take part in the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) that opens at the Hofburg Palace on 21 June.
The three-day event is being organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).
The Forum will discuss how energy poverty, recognized as a major development obstacle, can be overcome while the decarbonisation of energy systems is accelerated. Participants will work towards promoting global initiatives to achieve universal access to sustainable energy for all, as called for by the UN General Assembly. The Forum will see the pre-launch of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), an initiative to define a new global energy agenda for a rapidly changing world involving more than 500 scientists and experts around the world.
Key speakers will include, among others, Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Henry Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands; Julio Maria Sanguinetti Coirolo, former President of Uruguay; Eike Batista, CEO, EBX Group; Johannes Kyrle, Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs; Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl, Director-General, Austrian Development Cooperation, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs; Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility; Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa; Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General, OPEC; Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, Director General, OPEC Fund for International Development; Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, Secretary-General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP).
Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will also deliver a key note address at the Forum.
Journalists are invited to attend the Forum, which opens at 8:30, on Tuesday, 21 June, at the Hofburg's Großer Redoutensaal (entrance from Josefsplatz) and a news conference at 10:45 at the Mittlere Lounge, 2nd floor.
As the accreditation has already ended, journalists interested in covering the event, should send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, in cooperation with the UNDP and the Government of Austria, has also invited members of Círculo de Montevideo to hold their annual session in Vienna during the week of the VEF.
There will be a press opportunity with the Círculo de Montevideo at the Hofburg (Geheime Ratstube) at 13:30, on Friday, 24 June.
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