Background and General Information

The International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum, previously known as the Vienna Energy Forum, is a solutions platform to accelerate low-emission, climate-resilient development around the world.

The Energy and Climate Forum highlights the action-oriented steps required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, helping to forge an inclusive pathway that leaves no one behind as we work to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The solutions platform facilitates multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and inter-disciplinary dialogue to advance sustainable energy development while promoting inclusiveness and the empowerment of women.

Initiated in 2008, the Forum is co-organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Austrian Government and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Read the key outcomes of past Forums.



Each of the Forum sessions incorporates regional and national circumstances, grounding the discussion in the realities and needs of countries around the world.

Accordingly, topics and participants are selected to address issues of strategy, policy and implementation, including finance, governance and institutions.


As an international event, focusing on sustainable development challenges and speaking to a global audience, the Forum follows international standards that ensure sustainability in different areas, including:

  • mobility and climate protection
  • event venue, procurement, material & waste management
  • trade-fair stand builders


As an integral part of inclusive and sustainable development, gender mainstreaming is a crucial element within the planning, execution and follow-up phases of the Forum. This implies the integration of gender perspective and balance in panels, speaker selection and advocacy efforts.