Parliamentary engagement

IRENA Legislators Forum


The IRENA Legislators Forum brings together a growing network of parliamentarians with an interest in accelerating renewable energy uptake.

The event, held in conjunction with the annual IRENA Assembly, presents a unique opportunity for legislators from all over the world to engage with experts and share best practices on all aspects of the transition to renewable energy.

Forum participants are encouraged to engage with other key stakeholders, including representatives from the private sector. This engagement aims to boost public–private dialogue on the opportunities for investment and barriers encountered in rapidly growing renewable energy markets.

In addition to the various sessions on the agenda, targeted meetings with IRENA experts and other legislators allow for more detailed discussions on regional trends, challenges and opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in the Legislators Forum or joining our network, please contact us.

2022 IRENA Legislators Forum

The 2022 IRENA Legislators Forum took place at a time when the imperative to shift to a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy system has never been stronger. The lack of affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy exerts a significant toll on people’s economic opportunities, health and well-being, and ability to access public services, with women and children disproportionately impacted.

Held under the overarching theme “Parliamentary and regulatory actions to drive national energy transition policies: From commitment to action”, 2022’s forum presented a timely opportunity for inclusive and diverse discussion on the actions that legislators can take to support countries to shift their energy transition into the phase of implementing their of national and international commitments.

Read more about the outcome of the 2022 IRENA Legislators Forum.

Previous Legislators Forums

2021 IRENA Legislators Forum

Convening parliamentarians from across the world to discuss global, regional and local agendas relating to renewable energy transitions, IRENA virtually hosted the sixth Legislators Forum on 13 January 2021. The flagship event served as a platform for substantive dialogue among legislators and renewable energy experts on parliamentary actions to scale up renewable investment, emphasising the role of renewable energy as an enabler of services.

Legislators explored actions to enable services that provide a range of benefits, including creating economic and employment opportunities, improving healthcare, addressing climate change impacts, and generating opportunities in the agriculture sector. Read more about the outcome of the 2021 IRENA Legislators Forum.

2020 IRENA Legislators Forum

The fifth IRENA Legislators Forum took place on 10 January 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Legislators discussed the role of engaging communities to accelerate the energy transformation and promote a fair and just transition. See the background note and the agenda.

Read more about the outcome of the 2020 IRENA Legislators Forum.

2019 IRENA Legislators Forum

10 January 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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In its fourth edition, the IRENA Legislators Forum hosted discussions among 44 members of parliament from 27 countries. They emphasised the critical role of renewables in accelerating the energy transformation and achieving the goal of universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030 as set in SDG7. Discussions focused on the significant role that parliamentarians can play in supporting and monitoring an integrated approach to implementing SDG7. They can facilitate partnership and collaboration through inclusive national processes, as well by promoting effective and accountable institutions.

Legislators agreed that they are well placed to enact the important changes needed to achieve the energy transformation. They highlighted a number of areas to drive parliamentary engagement in the energy transition, embracing relevant stakeholders from the industry and the public sector.

Read more about the outcome of the 2019 IRENA Legislators Forum.

2018 IRENA Legislators Forum Events

January 2018 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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IRENA Legislators Dialogue

The IRENA Legislators Dialogue is a webinar series aimed at offering members of parliament and other legislators the opportunity to share their respective experiences and perspectives on pursuing the deployment of renewable energy, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the Paris Agreement. The webinars provide parliamentarians with the opportunity to learn about different parliamentary approaches, achievements and challenges from their peers, and to discuss policies that have been effective in increasing the impact of the energy transformation on the ground, supporting the sustainable development of countries and regions from different perspectives, including social and economic benefits. If you are interested in participating in the Legislators Dialogue, please contact us.