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    12 June 2015

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    Major international Energy Forum in Vienna next week to focus on sustainable energy for inclusive development

    VIENNA, 11 June (United Nations Industrial Development Organization)  - Over 1,000 participants, including high-ranking government officials and experts in the field, are expected to attend this year's Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) to closely examine sustainable energy issues connected to inclusive development.

    This major international event, held in the capital of Austria from 18 to 20 June,  precedes the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) Summit in New York and the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris. By emphasizing the multiple benefits of both the post-2015 development and the climate agendas and showcasing best practices and actions on the ground, the VEF 2015 aims to contribute to both the SDGs Summit and COP21. 

    The opening speeches will be delivered by LI Yong, the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Martin Ledolter, Managing Director, Austrian Development Agency (ADA); Michael Linhart, Secretary General of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign and Affairs (BMEIA); Pavel Kabat, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); and Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

    Journalists are invited to attend a news conference at 8:15am on Thursday, 18 June, followed by the official opening at 9:00am in the Festsaal of the Hofburg Palace, in Vienna, Austria. 

    All sessions of the forum will be open to the press. 

    Media representatives are requested to register in advance here

    The full programme of VEF2015 is available here

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