The Seventh Session of the IRENA Assembly
14 – 15 January 2017
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

From 14-15 January 2017, the seventh session of the Assembly of IRENA will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. At its sixth session, the Assembly designated Italy as President of its seventh session and the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jordan, and Morocco as Vice-Presidents.

The IRENA Assembly will feature a number of strategic and programmatic discussions around central themes of the Agency’s work and mandate. These are designed to promote an exchange of information and best practice among Members and experts in support of efforts to increase the uptake of renewable energy, taking advantage of the annual sessions of the Assembly as the global cooperation platform in the field of renewables. The Assembly will gather government officials from over 150 countries, representatives from the private sector, civil society and international organisations.

More information about the Assembly can be found here.

World Future Energy Summit
16 – 19 January 2017
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Taking place from 16 to 19 January 2017, the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is a platform for governments, corporate decision-makers, investors, and entrepreneurs, to engage and share knowledge on accelerating strategic decision making in the pursuit of viable solutions to the world’s growing energy challenges.

IRENA will part-take in the WFES, covering renewable energy topics ranging from the decarbonisation of the energy system to leveraging local industries through renewable energy auctions.

IRENA’s full agenda at the summit can be found here.

2nd Training Programme to Support Renewable Energy Deployment in Asia-Pacific Island Nations
6 – 10 February 2017
Kobe, Japan

Following events co-organised by Japan's Ministry of Environment and IRENA in 2015 and 2016 — "Workshop on Financing for Renewable Energy in Small Island Developing States (SIDs)" and "1st Training Programme to Support Renewable Energy Deployment in Asia-Pacific Island Nations" — a follow-up workshop will take place from 6-10 February 2017 in Kobe, Japan.

The workshop is an opportunity for government officials from island nations in the Asia-Pacific to learn from experts and government officials within and outside of Japan, regarding effective policies for the deployment of renewable energy, best practices regarding the application of these policies, and financing schemes. Participants will be asked to discuss current progress regarding their energy transition, and through this training programme, the capacity for renewable energy deployment in SIDs is expected to be enhanced, and steps towards improved energy access and climate change mitigation in these islands are expected to be taken.

Participants will also take part in site visits to renewable energy facilities in Awaji island or the Kobe city area.

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