This May in Vienna, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will be tackling one of the most pressing challenges we face today: finding ways to fuel prosperity while countering climate change.

May 14, 2018, political and business leaders, representatives from the UN and other international organizations, academics and energy experts will meet for the Vienna Energy Forum at the Vienna International Center to answer one question:

How can we protect the environment while stimulating economic growth in developing and emerging countries?

The three-day forum will focus on new solutions for regions lacking the infrastructure needed for innovation. Empathically embraced by citizens, activists and political leaders, one of the UN’s sustainable development goals aims to provide the world’s poorest with efficiently produced renewable energy by 2030.

Success in 2030 means finding solutions today.

This is why the Vienna Energy Forum lays important groundwork for next year’s UN High-Level Political Forum, which will review global progress toward achieving this ambitious goal. Global leaders like UN Secretary General António Guterres and Li Yong, Director General of UNIDO, will join May’s forum, organized in partnership with UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), to attack the issues on three panels and as many high-level roundtables.

The topics in a nutshell:

1. Transforming energy systems

As climate change impacts our energy production and consumption needs, digitalization continues to transform the way we use our energy systems. This means using new tech solutions to efficiently manage systems that rely on renewables and multiple renewable energy producers.sharing knowledge, developing the existing capacities allocated to energy-related projects and creating frameworks to develop robust science, technology and innovation policy to ensure effective technology transfers to developing countries.

2. Climate & clean energy technology

Developing nations feel the effects of global warming the most and desperately need access to technology to help adapt to the “new normal.” This means supporting innovation and entrepreneur-ship in developing countries, particularly in SMEs.ensuring equal access to, and control over, sustainable energy services for women and men.

3. Prosperity through partnerships

Policymakers, civic society and the private sector need to work together to overcome the devastating odds many countries face today. This means supporting local innovation hubs and entrepreneurship for clean technologies working with cities to adapt existing industries to today’s sustainable energy needs and digital infrastructure.introducing funding options to enable investment for low-carbon infrastructure, thereby “leap-frogging” to clean technologies.

On May 15, the outcomes of the panels and roundtables will be presented at the Austrian World Summit at the Hofburg. For more information on UN sustainable development goals visit sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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