IRENA Director-General on energy in the post-2015 agenda

30 May 2013| Articles


Organised one year after the Rio+20 Summit, the third Vienna Energy Forum was hosted on 28-30 May in Vienna by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin contributed to a high-level panel discussion considering how energy could fit into the post-2015 development agenda.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) hosted the third Vienna Energy Forum on 28-30 May in Vienna. This gathering, one year on from the Rio+20 Summit, focused on the energy dimension of the Rio+20 outcome document, “The Future We Want”. The high-level Forum gathered leaders, policy makers and energy practitioners from around the world to discuss key issues surrounding sustainable energy, such as policies, markets, finance, and technologies. Further to these discussions, the Forum also contemplated how sustainable energy will fit into the broader picture of the post-2015 development framework.  

On 28 May the Director-General participated in the Forum’s first high-level panel entitled “Energy in the Post-2015 Agenda?” which examined how energy could best be integrated into the post-2015 development framework, for example, whether there should be a Sustainable Development Goal for energy and the potential role of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Further to this, the Director-General attended the launch of the Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework Report. This report has been produced as a means of charting global progress, and sustaining momentum towards, achieving the three Sustainable Energy for All objectives by 2030. The framework was coordinated by the World Bank/Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). IRENA was part of the renewable energy working group, which included World Bank, ESMAP, IEA, REN21, and UNEP.  

Please find the Executive Summary of the Global Tracking Framework here.

Please find the Overview of the Global Tracking Framework here.

Please find the Global Tracking Framework here.