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Moving SDGs & the Paris Agreement Forward

Clean energy’s role in addressing implementation challenges

Vienna |
Speakers include:
Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal

Government of India

LI Yong

LI Yong

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Pavel   Kabat

Pavel Kabat



This high-level executive dinner discussion, in association with UNIDO and IIASA, will gather senior policy-makers, business leaders and scientists to discuss the critical role the clean energy sector has to play in advancing the world’s sustainable development agenda.

Attendance is by invitation only.

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Full Overview

The emphasis of the evening’s talks and discussion is on finding joined-up approaches to addressing implementation challenges around the SDGs - and SDG clusters – that are reliant on energy system innovations to accomplish.    

The seated dinner will give ample opportunity to discuss and contribute your thinking on the implementation issues raised, and the range of solutions presented by speakers.

The format is designed to make the most of the knowledge, not just of contributing speakers, but of dinner guests themselves – all experts in their own right - and, through these conversations, to break through the fences that can sometimes spring up between the adjacent fields of policy, business and science.


Speakers (6)

Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal

Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines
Government of India

Piyush Goyal (52) is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in the Government of India. He is currently a Member of Rajya Sabha and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He headed the BJP’s Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014.

He has had a brilliant academic record – all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University. He was a well-known investment banker and he advised top corporates on management strategy and growth. He earlier served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.

He has participated in Leadership Programs at Yale University (2011), Oxford University (2012) and Princeton University (2013) and is currently pursuing the Owner/President Management (OPM) Program at Harvard Business School.

During his 28 year long political career, he has held several important positions at different levels in the BJP and is in the National Executive of the Party. He had the privilege of being mentored by stalwarts such as Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India.

LI Yong

LI Yong

Director General
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policy-maker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, Mr. Li was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies, and in supporting sound economic growth in China. He pushed forward financial sector reform, and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. Mr. Li gave great importance to fiscal and financial measures in favor of agricultural development and SMEs, the cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.

Pavel   Kabat

Pavel Kabat

Director General and Chief Executive Officer

Professor Kabat is director general and chief executive officerof the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an independent, international, science, and science-to-policy institute. IIASA has 24 member countries, nearly 400 international staff, and a global research network of around 2,500 scholars and over 600 partner institutions. Professor Kabat is also full professor of Earth System Science at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, founding chair and directorof the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and Arts Institute for Integrated Research on the Wadden Sea Region (the Wadden Academy), a member of the Leadership Council for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and co-founderof the high-level Alpbach – Laxenburg Group. The latter brings global leaders from academia, governments, businesses, and civil society together to support and advocate for sustainable transitions and sustainable development.

Trained as a mathematician and hydrologist, Professor Kabat’s almost-30-year research career has covered earth system science and global change, with a specific focus on land- atmosphere interactions, climate hydrology, the water cycle, and water resources. 

Amina Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, and former Minister of Environment of Nigeria

Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. 

Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions. 

She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and serves on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda.

H.R.H. Princess Abze  Djigma

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma

Ambassador for Renewable Energy Energy Efficiency of Burkina Faso, Founder & CEO AbzeSolar S.A.

H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma

Ambassador for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Burkina Faso



Founder and Leader of The Initiative MAMA-LIGHT for Sustainable Energy

Former Board Member of  UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies

President Senior Advisor External relations and Gender for the Center Region Council of Burkina Faso


H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma is Mossi Princess from Burkina Faso and a direct descendant of Princess Yennenga, the mother of the Mossi people and  a famous warrior in the 12th century.

Founder and CEO AbzeSolar S.A.;
Ambassador for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Burkina Faso;
President Senior Advisor External Relations and Gender for the Center Region Council of Burkina Faso (C.R.C);
Former board Member of UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies.
Initiator and leader of the ‘MAMA-LIGHT® Initiative for Sustainable Energy”, a Worldwide program that provides access to affordable energy for women, small business and children. It empowers the informal sector, it drives the generation of new jobs and it creates a sound basis for gender equality and women empowerment. The program is selected by the United Nations as one of the 14 global breakthrough solutions for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals.

Initiator of the Global Expertise Hub for the Informal Sector. The Hub works with and on behalf of the informal sector. It is an expertise centrum that facilitates their empowerment by making information accessible for all stakeholders and by catalysing actions oriented activities. It brings together the Bottom Up needs and challenges with the Top Down actions in a structured and integrated manner.

Christoph  Frei

Christoph Frei

Director General
World Energy Council

FT Correspondent (1)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Agenda - 11th May

  • 6:30pm
    Drinks reception
  • 7:00pm
    Opening remarks from Pilita Clark, Environment Correspondent, FT
  • 7:05pm
    Welcome from Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO and Pavel Kabat, CEO and DG, IIASA
  • 7:10pm
    Talk #1 Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations
  • 7:20pm
    Talk #2

    Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (India)

  • 7:30pm
    Dinner & discussion/networking (main course served)
  • 8:10pm
    Talk/interview #3 Princess Abze Djigma, Ambassador for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency of Burkina Faso, CEO ABZESOLAR S.A., Founder and Leader of The Initiative MAMA-LIGHT for Sustainable Energy, Former Board Member of UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, President Senior Advisor External relations and Gender for the Center Region Council of Burkina Faso
  • 8:20pm
    Talk # 4 Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council
  • 8:30pm
    Discussion & Audience Q&A with panel of the 4 speakers chaired by Pilita Clark
  • 8:50pm
    Dessert and coffee served
  • 9:00pm
    Close of dinner - further drinks served for networking


The Ritz-Carlton
Schubertring 5
Vienna 1010 Wien



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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the UN that stimulates industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability, and helps developing countries and economies in transition promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

The relevance of such an approach is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs.

UNIDO’s programmatic focus is structured in three thematic priorities: creating shared prosperity; advancing economic competitiveness; and safeguarding the environment.

UNIDO’s four enabling functions include technical cooperation; analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation.

In the past ten years, UNIDO has considerably increased its technical services, and, at the same time, substantially increased its mobilization of financial resources, testifying to the growing international recognition of the Organization as an effective provider of catalytic industrial development services.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century.

IIASA research focuses on problems that are too large or complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline: Problems like climate change that have a global reach and can be resolved only by international cooperative action, and problems of common concern to many countries that need to be addressed at both the national and international level, such as energy security, population aging, and sustainable development.

The institute’s findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world. IIASA has a long and successful history of work in some of the world’s most pressing problems, including energy resources, climate change, environmental pollution, land use and sustainable development, risk and resilience, and population growth.

The core of IIASA research is its unique systems analytical approach, which allows for the development of integrated solutions to interconnected problems, with multiple benefits across sectors.

IIASA is independent and funded by research funding agencies in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

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