Opens external link in new windowThe Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), abbreviated BMZ, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. Founded in 1961, the Ministry works to encourage economic development within Germany and in other countries through international cooperation and partnerships. It cooperates with international organizations involved in development including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and the United Nations.


Opens external link in new windowGovernment of the Republic of Poland. Poland has been a partner of the Vienna Energy Forum since its inauguration in 2009, supporting the initiative financially as well as through an active participation of high-level government officials. "We applaud the efforts of the VEF and hope it will inspire many potential stakeholders to the benefit of sustainable energy development." Implementation of the government's energy policy in Poland falls under the responsibility of Ministry of Economy. The Ministry deals with issues related to the national electricity system, energy efficiency and the implementation of low-emission technologies.


Opens external link in new windowThe Global Environment facility (GEF) unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.


Opens external link in new windowThe R20 - Regions of Climate Action (R20) is a nonprofit environmental organization founded in November 2010, by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with the support of the United Nations. The R20 is a coalition of sub-national governments, private companies, international organizations, NGOs and academic and financial institutions. Its mission is to help sub-national governments to implement low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, as well as to share best practices in renewable energy and energy efficiency, in order to build a “green economy”.


Opens external link in new windowThe Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a Vienna-based non-profit organisation that aims to accelerate the marketplace for renewable energy and energy efficiency with a particular emphasis on the emerging markets and developing countries. Its primary focus is the scaling up of clean energy business models.REEEP was originally launched by the government of the United Kingdom along with other partners at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in August 2002, and has since built a reputation as a small but active clean energy and development NGO.


Opens external link in new windowThe OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is a multilateral development finance institution established in 1976 by the Member Countries of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Its objective is to reinforce financial cooperation between OPEC Member Countries and other developing countries, by providing financial support to the latter for their socio-economic development. The resources of OFID are also used to provide grants for food aid, technical assistance, research and similar intellectual activities. One of the institution's central aims is to advance South-South solidarity. OFID has been headquartered in Vienna, Austria since 1976. The current Director-General of OFID is Mr. Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish of Saudi Arabia.


Opens external link in new windowThe International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its hundreds of thousands of member companies in over 130 countries have interests spanning every sector of private enterprise. A world network of national committees keeps the ICC International Secretariat in Paris informed about national and regional business priorities. More than 2,000 experts drawn from ICC’s member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues. The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies, both international and regional, are kept in touch with the views of international business through ICC.


Opens external link in new windowAdvantage Austria is the official Trade Promotion Organisation for Austria. With more than 110 offices in over 70 countries we help over 50,000 Austrian businesses to develop their international markets and promote their products and services around the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA provides hands-on support for international businesses wishing to build partnerships with and invest in Austria. More information about the broad range of intelligence and business development services ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA provides for both Austrian companies and their international business partners can be found on www.advantageaustria.org.

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