Vienna Energy Forum 2013 - One year after Rio +20: The energy future we want

28-30 May 2013, Vienna, Austria

From 28 to 30 May 2013, the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2013 brought together over 1,200 participants from 100 countries, including ministers, policymakers, experts and representatives from the private sector and civil society under the theme 'One year after Rio+20: the energy future we want.' Organized jointly by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the VEF gave considerable impetus to the global initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4ALL, and lobbied for including energy into the post-2015 development framework, a process initiated at the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).
The Forum was held for the third time and included ministerial and high-level segments, plenaries and parallel sessions addressing a range of issues including energy access, financing the energy future and the development of an energy sustainable development goal.
Participants also considered the 'Key Recommendations on Energy in the Post-2015 Development Framework' directed to the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. These draft recommendations included that: the business-as-usual approach to energy access will not suffice; energy must be fully integrated into the universal post-2015 development agenda; there should be one global energy goal based on the three targets of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative; SE4ALL efforts need to take place at all governance levels; and monitoring progress of an energy goal will be key to its success. Publication: [Forum Recommendations on Energy in the Post-2015 Development Framework]
The forum also saw the launch of the first analytical output of the SE4ALL initiative, in the form of the 'The Global Tracking Framework,' a collaborative effort of 15 international and non-governmental organizations led by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the World Bank and building on the methodology developed by Practical Action. The Framework determines a starting benchmark of energy access and poverty for the SE4ALL initiative to measure progress against. [SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework launch video and press release]
In the framework of the VEF 2013, the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE) in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) organized the VEF side event "Sustainable Energy Solutions for All: Made in Austria”. This side event presented the Austrian expertise and engagement in activities related to the objectives of SE4ALL, the developing countries’ perspective and potential pathways and opportunities for future cooperation. The presentations given at the side event can be downloaded from [GFSE Side Event "Sustainable Energy Solutions for All: Made in Austria]

Several memoranda of understanding were signed during the Forum, including between the East African Community, UNIDO and the Austrian Government, for an East African regional center on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
For more detailed information on the Vienna Energy Forum 2013 please refer to
Vienna Energy Forum 2013 website.
[IISD Reporting Services coverage of the Vienna Energy Forum 2013]


Vienna Energy Forum Agenda

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