The 5th Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) will take place from the 9 - 12 May 2017 in Vienna, with the theme "Sustainable energy for the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement". The VEF 2017 will focus specifically on addressing the linkages among the key SDGs and their contribution to the 2030 Development Agenda, with an emphasis on better policy analysis and institutional arrangements needed to spur innovation, as well as tools necessary to increase the role of innovation as a driver of economic growth, job creation and sustainable development.
Vienna: An International Energy Hub
Vienna has long become a major international energy hub, currently hosting ten agencies (IOs and NGOs) with activities in the field of energy. They are: the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, since 1957), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC, since 1965); the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO, since 1966), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, since 1972), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE, since 1975), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID, since 1976), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP, since 2004), the Energy Community (EnC, since 2005), the Vienna Office of the International Peace Institute (IPI, since 2010), and the Global Facilitation Team of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll, since 2013). All of the above have also voiced their support for mainstreaming energy into the post-2015 development agenda. In 2009 they founded the Vienna Energy Club as a forum for a regular exchange of information and expertise.
Vienna's growth as a centre of international organizations has proved a great success, with Austria's joining the European Union (EU) in 1995 - at a time of other major changes in Europe - raising its profile even further. Also, during this time, Vienna has reinforced its centuries-long standing as one of the world's cultural capitals and it has repeatedly appeared at or near the very top of global surveys of the most desirable cities to live in.