Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
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Vienna Energy Forum 2017: Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement

Date: 09 May 2017 - 12 May 2017
Location: Vienna, Austria

The biennal Vienna Energy Forum takes advantage of Vienna's role as a hub for international energy research and policy expertise. It brings together researchers, policymakers, and civil society for a high-level summit on energy and its linkages to sustainable development and climate change.

The next Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) will be centered around the theme Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. VEF 2017 will highlight the multiplier effects of integrated approaches for sustainable development at the national, regional and global levels. The forum, hosted by UNIDO, IIASA, and other partners, will also accentuate the potentials of the sustainable energy nexus - linking energy to water, food and health - as well as innovation as a global driver for accelerated sustainable growth.

The nexus between energy, climate, transport, food, water and health are inseparable and an essential contributor to social progress and human wellbeing, which needs to be approached in an integrated manner to best synergize solutions.

Ensuring sustainable energy for all while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementation of the Paris climate agreement remains one of the greatest challenges of our time. Fostering innovation provides us with an opportunity to develop a new capacity for jobs and wealth creation whilst safeguarding the environment and ensuring affordable and clean energy access for all.

The SDGs adopted by the world leaders aim to address the interlinked problems of inequality, hunger, and climate change. VEF 2017 will focus specifically on addressing the linkages among the key SDGs and their contribution to the 2030 Development Agenda, with an emphasis on better policy analysis and institutional arrangements needed to spur innovation, as well as tools necessary to increase the role of innovation as a driver of economic growth, job creation and sustainable development.

The forum will continue to be the global high-level platform for discussing the pivotal sustainability challenges of our age, and the catalytic role of energy in achieving inclusive and sustainable development.

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