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    24May 2013

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    Media Advisory

    2013 Vienna Energy Forum opens next week

     VIENNA, 24 May 2013 - Some 1,700 participants, including heads of state, ministers, energy experts, and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector will take part in the third Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) that opens at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on 28 May.

    The three-day event is being co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Foreign Ministry and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

    Key speakers will include, among others, Michael Spindelegger, Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Austria; Pavel Kabat, Director, IIASA; Chad Holliday, Chairman, Bank of America; Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President; Suhail Mohamed Almazroui, Minister of Energy of the UAE; Heikki Holmås, Minister of International Development of Norway; Edison Labão, Minister of Mines and Energy of Brazil; Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN in New York and Chair of the G77; Adnan Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Maria van der Hoeven, Director General, International Energy Agency (IEA); Gerhard Roiss, CEO, OMV; Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for the UNCSD Rio+20 Conference; and Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director General of UNIDO.

    Journalists are invited to attend the Forum, which opens at 9:00, on Tuesday, 28 May, at the Hofburg's Großer Redoutensaal (entrance from Josefsplatz) and a news conference at 09:30 at the Mittlere Lounge, 2nd floor.

    P re-registration will start at the Hofburg on Monday, 27 May, at 13:00 and will be open until 18:00.

    For more information on the Forum, please see

    For more information about UNIDO, please contact:

    Mikhail Evstafyev
    Head, Advocacy and External Relations
    Telephone: (+43-1)-26026-5021
    Mobile: +43-699-1459-7329


    Ravindra Wickremasinghe
    Advocacy and External Relations Assistant
    Tel. (+43-1)-26026-5022
    Mobile +43-699-1112-3504