What is Vienna Energy Forum 2017

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The Vienna Energy Forum 2017 is aimed contributing to the successful implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

It served as a platform for discussing and highlighting the importance of the linkages between climate and development as well as the synergies among the SDGs, and the importance of joint and integrated approaches for a successful implementation.

Speakers from across the globe explored innovations in order to achieve SDG 7 ‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’ and related SDGs.

The implementation of these goals and of the Paris Climate Agreement calls for an unprecedented global transformation process that extends far beyond the energy sector. Innovation is urgently required to drive this transformative agenda, a majority of the 1500 participants from around 100 countries said.

This year marked the fifth time the Forum has met. Speakers highlighted the crucial linkages between energy, climate and development as well as the synergies among the SDGs, and the importance of joint and integrated approaches for a successful implementation.

As Michael Linhart, Deputy Foreign Minister of Austria, observed the country has emerged as an influential international hub for debating about a wide-ranging energy and energy related issues.

According to LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), “Enhancing access to affordable, reliable and clean energy is key to stimulate economic growth and ensure energy security.

At the same time it is critical to accelerate clean energy innovation as an indispensable part of an effective, long-term global response to our shared climate challenge.’

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement calls for a global transformation that clearly goes beyond the energy sector.

Holistic technology solutions, entrepreneurship, innovation in policies, new financing instruments and partnerships are urgently needed to achieve the desired scale of global change and inclusive and sustainable development.