IRENA 13th meeting of the Council
23 – 24 May 2017
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Council is one of the three principal organs of the Agency: the Assembly, the Council, and the Secretariat. IRENA’s Council is accountable to the Assembly and is composed of 21 Members who are elected on a rotating basis with the view of ensuring the effective participation of both developing and developed countries and the fair and equitable geographical distribution and effectiveness of the Council’s work. The Council, among other responsibilities stipulated in Article X of the Statute, facilitates consultations and cooperation among Members and considers the draft work programme, draft budget and annual report.

IRENA’s seventh Assembly elected the following countries to serve on the Council in 2017: Argentina, the Bahamas, Belgium, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Samoa, Sudan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh, Cyprus, the Dominican Republic, France, Kenya, Malaysia, Panama, the Philippines, Spain and Uruguay act as alternates.

Supporting documentation for past meetings of the Council can be found here.

Two Committees currently assist the Council in its work:

Administration and Finance Committee
Chair : Antigua & Barbuda
Members : Fiji, France, India, Iran, Israel

Programme and Strategy Committee
Chair: Germany
Members: Fiji, France, India, Iran, Malaysia, Mauritius

The Transformative Role of Renewables in Southeast Asia – Perspectives from IRENA’s REmap Renewable Energy Roadmaps for the Region
5 – 8 June 2017
Manila, Philippines

The nations of Southeast Asia stand at a crossroads in terms of their collective energy future. Amid rapid economic growth, they face a 50% rise in regional energy demand within the next decade. This brings challenges in supplying energy affordably, sustainably and securely. Recognising this, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) aims to rely more on renewables to support a sustainable, secure and prosperous future. To support this renewable transformation, IRENA has been working with ASEAN and the individual countries of the region to explore the potential of renewable energy.

Since the beginning of 2016, under its global renewable energy roadmap (REmap) programme, IRENA and partners from the region have explored the implications of accelerated renewable energy uptake across the ASEAN region by releasing a joint publication with the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) on Renewable Energy Outlook for ASEAN, and also paid particular attention to region’s large energy users such as Indonesia and Thailand. REmap has shown that the region has significant untapped potential for renewable energy deployment, and if deployed, renewables could lower overall system costs, reduce energy-related CO2 emissions and improve air quality, and promote local jobs and economic growth, and eventually reach its aspirational target of having 23% of renewable energy by 2025 in its energy mix.

This event, held 5 – 8 June 2017 in Manila, Philippines, will overview the key themes and findings from IRENA’s various reports with a perspective on what can be achieved in Southeast Asia up to the year 2030.

Workshop on Sustainable Rural Biofuel Strategy in Africa
Early 2018
Location: TBC

In Africa, bioenergy is a main source of energy for 70 to 80 percent of its population (approximately 800 million people). It has become more challenging for Africans to respond to the global demand towards low-carbon society while adapting themselves to the rapidly changing environment and increasing uncertainty caused by climate change, population growth and land degradation among others.

In cooperation with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), this workshop, to be held at the 21st Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, will provide information on how to increase bioenergy availability with improved food security while ensuring positive social and environmental impacts in rural Africa.

Call for submissions: IRENA is collecting good practices till the end of August 2017 that will be reviewed by an expert group. All the contributions meeting the requirements will be asked to submit a full paper to be submitted by the end of October 2017.

Selected contributions will be invited to give a presentation at the Workshop to be held at 21st Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, in early 2018 (TBC).

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