The Vienna Energy Forum holds a special session in 2018

The Vienna Energy Forum holds a special session in 2018

VIENNA, 26 April 2018 – The Vienna Energy Forum 2018 Special Session (VEF2018) will take place from 14–16 May 2018 under the theme ‘Powering Innovation for Prosperity’. The event will focus on the importance of energy system transformation, innovative climate technology, and partnership in increasing access to energy around the world.

In particular, the Forum is being held this year to support the UN’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in its review of the global progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

More than 300 participants are expected to attend the Forum, including government ministers, representatives from the UN, other international organizations, the private sector and academia, as well as multi-stakeholder energy experts.

The participants will gather 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 will also look 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 will hold a side-event at the Austrian World Summit. The first of two panels will present the key outcomes of the first day of discussions, while the second will debate the role of technology innovation and entrepreneurship for empowering women and youth.

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

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 the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).

Find out more about the event and the programme here.

Follow the discussions live on 14-15 May here and engage via Twitter using #VEF2018.

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information, please contact:

Takeshi Nagasawa

Senior Programme Management Expert

UNIDO Department of Energy


Helen Tunnicliffe

Press Officer and Science Writer

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


Manuela Gutenbrunner

Advisor Public Relations

Austrian Development Agency


Helene Spitzer

Press Officer

Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs


Beth Woodthorpe-Evans

Media Relations

Sustainable Energy for All


For queries related to media, please contact:

Isabel Bader

UNIDO Advocacy and Media Relations Division