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VEF claims a young but fruitful legacy.

Since its founding in 2008 by a joint initiative of the Austrian Government, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, VEF has assembled thinkers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss practical solutions to sustainable development challenges and pave the way for tangible partnerships on the ground.

Past forums focused on a range of topics related to the question of energy and development. The biennial meetings have not only provided major contributions to the design of the SEforALL goals, but also have fostered the development of the city of Vienna as a Global Energy Hub.