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Vienna Energy Forum Side-Event: Clean Energy for Migrants and Vulnerable Groups

Vienna Energy Forum Side-Event: Clean Energy for Migrants and Vulnerable Groups




9 May, 2017






Re-watch the full event on UNIDO's Facebook page.

On the occasion of the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the EUEI PDF held a side-event, entitled “Clean energy for migrants and vulnerable groups”.

The event took place on Tuesday, 9 May, from 14:00-15:30 at the Vienna International Centre. The session examined the links between energy, development and migration, bringing together perspectives from policy makers, practitioners and the international community in these fields. Panellists explored the possibilities of new and innovative mechanisms for meeting the energy needs of migrants, refugees, and vulnerable groups on a sustainable basis to help ensure that they are able to sustain their daily lives as well as prepare for a better future.

The VEF side-event built on the key outcomes of the Brussels Discussion Forum "Enlightening the Migration Debate" held in January 2017 by the EUEI PDF, and saw the launch of the EUEI PDF working paper “The role of sustainable energy access in the migration debate”.

Further information on the side-event can be found here.



According to estimates of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), by the end of 2015 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced globally, including 40.8 million who were internally displaced due to conflict and violence, and 21.4 million refugees – a number not seen since the Second World War. Current global challenges such as climate change, human security, political instabilities and economic inequalities have further contributed to the large migration of vulnerable communities.

The refugee crisis is global and it is evident that current energy systems often used in migrants’ countries of origin as well as in temporary or transit camps and settlements are inefficient, costly and mostly fossil-fuel based. While these complexities and challenges are daunting, the integration and settlement of migrants in a new environment pose a huge challenge to the international community. However, the migration crisis also presents an opportunity to provide integrated energy services and related skills to migrants in an effective, low carbon, and cost-efficient manner that would empower them to maintain a better quality of life. 

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