GFSE - 8: Tenth Year Anniversary of GFSE, 22-24 June 2009, Vienna, Austria

The Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) celebrated its tenth year anniversary in the context of the Vienna Energy Conference "Towards an Integrated Energy Agenda Beyond 2020: Securing Sustainable Policies and Investments" from 22 to 24 June 2009, Vienna, Austria. The conference was co-organized by the Austrian Development Cooperation, UNIDO, IIASA, the Austrian Energy Agency and GFSE. 

It brought together a variety of international high-ranking energy experts to tackle current energy and climate-related issues in the context of the current global financial and economic crisis, making Vienna the next stop on the integrated energy agenda.

The overall objective of the conference was to provide a platform for high-level policymakers and private sector and civil society representatives from developing and industrialized countries to discuss energy issues in the context of the current global financial and economic crisis. The conference served as an opportunity to, amongst other things: shift the debate on energy and development beyond generalities and identify specific courses of action; initiate and advance regional and international co-operation in dedicated result-oriented working sessions; celebrate the tenth anniversary of the GFSE; provide inputs to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen; and present new international energy initiatives such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Conference Report:

Conference Report

Conference Coverage:

http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/energy/iec2009/

Concept note of the conference:

concept note

Further information on co-organizers:
Austrian Development Cooperation

UNIDO

IIASA

Austrian Energy Agency

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