Third session of the Assembly: Leaner, more effective IRENA will
be global hub for energy transition
At the third session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency
(IRENA), Member States called for the Agency to continue stepping up its work to
promote renewable energy worldwide with a strengthened mission and streamlined structure.
IRENA’s more than 100 Members decided that the Agency would serve as a centre
of excellence, advisory resource and hub to promote and accelerate renewable energy
Over 1,000 participants – representing nearly 140 countries and 74 organisations
– gathered for the annual meeting, which took place on 13-14 January 2013
in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
With the adoption of the Agency’s 2013 budget and work plan, along with an
ambitious strategy for the next five years, Member governments confirmed IRENA’s
key role in international efforts to scale up renewable energy to support a sustainable
future. Members, taking into account the multi-year nature of IRENA’s activities,
also endorsed a two-year programming and budgeting cycle, allowing for clearer planning.
IRENA’s Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, presented a budget of USD 29.7 million
for 2013, comprising USD 18 million from regular contributions of Members and USD
11.7 million in voluntary contributions.
Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General, delivered a message on behalf of Ban Ki-Moon,
UN Secretary-General, welcoming IRENA’s leadership and support as the renewable
energy hub within the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.
Special high-level segments of the Assembly plenary allowed for presentations and
discussions about IRENA’s global, regional and national activities to support
IRENA Members in the uptake of renewable energy. Two Ministerial Roundtables facilitated
interaction among policy-makers at the highest level. The first roundtable explored
the modalities of “Financing of Renewables for Development”, while the
second dealt with “Renewable Energy Costs and Benefits”. The first evening
of the Assembly featured the “Renewable Energy Decision Makers Forum: Moving
from Ambition to Success”, jointly hosted by IRENA and the Financial Times,
as a further opportunity to examine issues of priority for renewable energy policy
in the context of specific national experiences.
The Assembly also witnessed announcements regarding membership by China, Iran, Singapore,
Vanuatu and Zambia.
Closing the two-day meeting, Denmark’s Minister for Climate, Energy and Building,
Martin Lidegaard, President of the third IRENA Assembly, expressed his conviction
that IRENA would play an important role in efforts to rapidly increase the global
uptake of renewable energy in the years to come.
Please find below all relevant documents of the third Assembly
Photos from the Third
The third Assembly also coincided with the opening of
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, a series of high-level energy and environment
meetings in the UAE capital. IRENA’s activities during the week included a
booth and a busy schedule of presentations at the World Future Energy Summit.