REenergising Cities
18 October 2016
Quito, Ecuador

REenergising Cities is a full-day, high-level event, taking place on the second day of the UN Habitat III meeting, co-hosted by IRENA and the Governments of Ecuador, Germany and the UAE. The event aims to showcase the innovative and transformative role of renewable energy and energy efficiency in cities and highlight examples of successful policy frameworks and other best practice. It will discuss priority areas for action to capitalise on the opportunities renewables present in three key sectors: transport, buildings and power generation.

Home to half the global population, and generating two-thirds of global emissions, cities have a critical role to play in charting the course to a sustainable energy future. IRENA estimates that doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030, supported by energy efficiency would meet the development and climate objectives of the 2030 Agenda. The renewable energy deployment must increase six-fold in order to achieve a doubling.

The event is open to representatives of governments (regional, national, local), private sector, civil society organizations, media, academics and members of the public.

The Programme of the event and further information is available on the REenergising website.

7th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development
18 – 21 October 2016
Baku, Azerbaijan

The Forum is jointly organized by the Government of Azerbaijan, the United Nations Regional Commissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2), and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The Seventh Forum will combine a high-level session with plenary sessions, parallel workshops and site visits over four days.

The forum will assemble up to 300 international energy experts, government officials, and representatives of business community, financial sector, academia and civil society. The objective is to share perspectives on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other pledges, such as the Paris Agreement on climate change, can be translated into national contexts for effective implementation.

One of the topics of the plenary sessions of the Seventh Forum will focus on RE and its contribution to sustainable development through reduction of carbon intensity of the energy sector while assuring access to the energy needed for development. IRENA is organizing a half-day session on Central Asia and will present results of the report on renewable energy potential in South East Europe.

The Forum will also include an International Renewable Energy Conference and annual sessions of the UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy and Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency.

Strategic Long-term Energy Planning in the Kingdom of Swaziland: scenario finalization and masterplan development
17 - 28 October 2016
Mbabane, Swaziland

IRENA, with support from the Government of Swaziland, is holding a training series to update and expand the country’s System Planning Test (SPLAT-SW) model. The sessions give professionals from local energy organisations to work alongside external experts in renewable energy planning.

This third two-week training course focuses on improving the energy system model in Swaziland based on scenario analysis, and on developing the long-term energy supply strategies to produce a final draft energy master plan.

Central America Clean Energy Corridor and the RRA Panama Workshop
24 - 28 October 2016
Panama City, Panama

This is a kick-off event for implementation of the Central America Clean Energy Corridor and the RRA Panama.

The first two days will involve a technical consultation workshop for an in-depth discussion of the major challenges the sector is facing in further promotion of the RE deployment in the country, and the ways to address these challenges (co-organized with Secretary of Energy of Panama). The following three days will be dedicated to the CECCA Kick-Off Workshop to start the implementation of the policy/regulatory and technical components of the initiative (co-organized with ECLAC, with the support of IDB, GIZ, and EOR). Then, a policy/regulatory enabling component will initiate an expert discussions with stakeholders from the region to identify key issues and discuss potential regulatory solutions for the integration of larger shares of renewables in power systems. The workshop closes on with a dedicated technical session for network operators and planners, as well as concerned governmental decision makers.

The workshop will open the discussion on how to develop a tailor made network stability assessment for the Panamanian power system as it integrates larger shares of renewables.

International Forum on Energy Transitions 2016
29 - 31 October 2016
Suzhou, China

IRENA, together with the Chinese National Energy Administration and Jiangsu Provincial Government, will co-host the International Forum on Energy Transitions 2016. The Forum aims to chart clear and feasible pathways of decarbonising energy systems over the next few decades – a crucial determining factor to achieve the ultimate goals set out in the Paris Agreement and at the recent G20 Summit in Beijing.

The event provides a unique high-level platform for dialogue among the strategic thinkers, government officials, experts and representatives from the energy industry and business community across the globe to discuss how to transform unsustainable energy systems towards a sustainable, low-carbon and resilient energy future.

IRENA is also partnering with China National Renewable Energy Center to co-organize a sub-event focusing on renewable energy on the 29th of October.

IRENA Twelfth Meeting of the Council
01 - 02 November 2016
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Council is one of the three principal organs of the Agency that are the Assembly, the Council and the Secretariat. IRENA’s Council convenes twice per year in order to facilitate consultations and cooperation among IRENA’s Members, as well as to consider the draft work programme, draft budget and reports on the progress of the implementation of the Work Programme and Budget.

The Council is accountable to the Assembly and is composed of 21 Members who are elected by the Assembly on a rotating basis every two years. Council meetings normally last for two days and feature strategic discussions on the way forward of the Agency and future activities.

On the side-lines of Council meetings, a number of thematic events are organized, providing a platform for participants to have focused discussions on particular projects and areas of IRENA’s work.

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