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 deployment.

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

 No.

 Title

 Document No.

1. 

Agenda

A/3/1
2. 

Annotated agenda

A/3/1/Add.1
3. 

Report of the Director-General on the Implementation of the Work Programme and Budget for 2012

A/3/2
4. 

Report of the Director-General on the Work Programme and Budget for 2013

A/3/3
5. 

Decision on the Work Programme and Budget for 2013

A/3/DC/13
6. 

Report of the Director-General on the Medium-term Strategy of IRENA

A/3/25
7. 

Decision on the Medium-term Strategy of IRENA

A/3/DC/14
8. 

Amendments to the provisional Rules of Procedure of the Assembly regarding Council composition, election and rotation

A/3/5
9. 

Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and of the Council

A/3/6
10. 

Decision on Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and of the Council

A/3/DC/2
11. 

Report of the Director-General on Multilingualism

A/3/7
12. 

Decision on Multilingualism

A/3/DC/3
13. 

Report of the Director General on the Fund for Developing Country Representatives

A/3/8
14. 

Decision on the Fund for Developing Country Representatives

A/3/DC/4
15. 

Note of the Director-General on the IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development project facility

A/3/9
16. 

Agreement on Privileges and Immunities for IRENA

A/3/13
17. 

Decision on an Agreement on Privileges and Immunities for IRENA

A/3/DC/5
18. 

Revised Code of Conduct

A/3/15
19. 

Report of the Ethics Officer on the Implementation of the Policy on Ethics and Conflict of Interest

A/3/16
20. 

Terms of Reference for the Ethics Advisory Board

A/3/17
21. 

Decision on the Ethics Advisory Board

A/3/DC/6
22. 

Report of the Director-General on Administration of Justice at IRENA

A/3/18
23. 

Decision on Administration of Justice at IRENA

A/3/DC/7
24. 

Report of the Director-General on secondment and related matters

A/3/19
25. 

Investment Policy of the Staff Provident Fund

A/3/20
26. 

Decision on an Investment Policy of the Staff Provident Fund

A/3/DC/8
27. 

Investment Policy of IRENA

A/3/21
28. 

Decision on an Investment Policy of IRENA

A/3/DC/9
29. 

Audited Financial Statements of the Preparatory Commission

A/3/10
30. 

Audited Financial Statements of the Agency for 2011

A/3/11
31. 

Report of the Director-General on the status of the implementation of audit observations and recommendations

A/3/12
32. 

Report of the Director-General on the Working Capital Fund of IRENA

A/3/22
33. 

Decision on the establishment of the Working Capital Fund of IRENA

A/3/DC/10
34. 

Note of the Director-General on Selection of the External Auditor

A/3/23
34. 

Decision on the appointment of an external auditor of IRENA

A/3/DC/11
35. 

Report of the Director-General on IRENA Programmatic and Budgetary Cycle

A/3/24
36. 

Decision on IRENA Programmatic and Budgetary Cycle

A/3/DC/12
37. 

Note on Renewables Readiness Assessment

A/3/CRP/1
38. 

Note on the Institutional Publication

A/3/CRP/2
39. 

Note of the Director-General on IRENA’s role in the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL)

A/3/CRP/3
40. 

List of observers

A/3/4
41. 

Report of the credentials committee

A/3/14

Photos from the Third Assembly

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.