Vienna Energy Forum 2017

Contract partner: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development OrganizationCountry: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 260.000,00Project start: 18.04.2017End: 30.06.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

The main purpose of the VEF 2017 is to facilitate a multi-sectorial, multi-stakeholders and inter-disciplinary dialogue on sustainable energy for inclusive development and productive capacities. The VEF 2017 theme will be “Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement” that would facilitate discussions and exchange of information on respective financial mechanisms, Nexus, Innovation, Sustainable Cities and other interrelated global challenges.

Expected results

- Bring together over 1,500 participants from around the world (incl. ministers, high-level dignitaries, policymakers, experts and representatives from the private sector and civil society).

- To move the global energy agenda forward and to move from declarations of intention to tangible action on the ground.

- The recommendations are expected to translate into regional and country level energy strategies.

- A well-designed communications strategy is expected to raise awareness and visibility of the sustainable energy issues to be highlighted at the VEF, contributing to the overall global agenda to promote energy in the context of SDGs.

- The VEF 2017 findings will inform and enrich UNIDO’s industrial energy efficiency and renewable and rural energy programs.

Target group / Beneficiaries

Potential beneficiaries of the VEF 2017 are going to be a diversified group, consisting of the representatives of the private sector, CSOs, national and international energy institutes, academia and research institutes, energy consultants, government practitioners, policy-makers.


- Provide a platform to discuss the current energy related challenges with world-renowned experts, high level policymakers and representatives of the private and public sector as well as civil society.

- Shift the debate on sustainable energy and inclusive development beyond generalities and identify specific courses of action.

- An action-oriented discussion, relevant to economic and financial obstacles faced by many countries at present to promote sustainable energy for all, SDGs and climate action.

- Initiate and advance regional and international co-operation in dedicated result-oriented working sessions.


The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) is a biennial Forum, which is organized by UNIDO jointly with the Austrian Foreign Ministry (BMEIA), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW). The 5th VEF will be organized at the Vienna International Center and Hofburg Congress Center from 9 to 12 May 2017.

project number2767-00/2017
source of fundingOEZA
sector Energiegewinnung, -Verteilung und -Effizienz, allgemein
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Climate change adaptation: 2, Gender: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.