Thirteenth Session of the IRENA Assembly

The 13th session of the IRENA Assembly will take place in-person from 14 to 15 January 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with related ministerial and stakeholder meetings held on 13 January 2023. The sessions will be live-streamed on the IRENA Assembly event webpage. The Assembly will be held under the overarching theme ‘World Energy Transition – The Global Stocktake’.

The IRENA Assembly brings together Heads of State/Government, Ministers and energy decision-makers among its Membership and States-in-Accession, as well as multilateral organisations, global stakeholders and private actors to take stock of operational plans and policies and highlight the concerted action undertaken to implement the energy transition across countries, regions, and the world.

The upcoming Assembly session will convene several Ministerial and High-level sessions to facilitate interaction between decision-makers on pressing issues related to the energy transition in the coming decade and beyond, and inform the future work of the Agency.

A number of Stakeholder Engagement events will also be organised at the margins of the 13th IRENA Assembly to bring specific perspectives on the energy transition from parliamentarians, youth and the private sector.

For more information, kindly refer to the 13th Assembly Executive Overview and 13th Assembly Schedule. The Bus schedule is available here

Programme and Live Stream

Room A1
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
10:30 – 12:30


African Continental Power Systems Master Plan (CMP) - Establishing continent wide planning process
Building on ongoing efforts of the African Union Development Agency (AUDANEPAD) to establish the CMP, a long-term continent-wide planning process for power generation and transmission, this meeting aims to explore the current and future link of the CMP initiative with national planning processes and highlight the importance of building robust and nationally owned processes for designing long-term energy scenarios as means to meet national and pan-African energy milestones.
12:30 – 14:30
LUNCH
14:00 – 16:00


SIDS Ministerial – Climate Pledges to Action: Amplifying Energy Transition for Sustainable Development in SIDS
This Ministerial meeting aims to provide a status update on the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative towards the achievement of the S.A.M.O.A Pathway, Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. It will also provide an opportunity for Small Island Developing States to share insights in the lead up to COP28.
16:00 – 18.00


Public-Private Dialogue: Just and Inclusive Energy Transitions – Social Dialogue, Skills, and Decent Jobs for All
This edition of the Public-Private Dialogue will convene governments, private and non-profit sectors, labour and youth representatives to share their perspectives, showcase best practices and lessons learned and discuss what a just energy transition means in practice. Preliminary findings from a Just Transition Brief will be presented. The event will provide opportunities to identify further cooperation and outline key challenges and concrete actions to address them.
18:30 – 20:00


Solar Photovoltaic (PV): A Gender Perspective
This event will feature an interactive high-level dialogue on how gender aspects are being integrated across the solar PV and overall renewable energy sector and what best practices can be replicated to ensure an energy transformation that is rapid, inclusive and leaves no one behind. The special evening event will close with a cocktail reception to further continue discussions and networking.
Room A2
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
10:00 – 12:30


IRENA Legislators Forum
With a view to ensuring a more sustainable energy transition through international cooperation, and learning from various national green hydrogen strategies, this edition of the IRENA Legislators Forum will serve as a platform for discussions on new opportunities that could arise from potential partnerships in setting up local value chains, stimulating the decarbonisation of industries, creating new jobs and ensuring greater social equity.
12:30 – 14:30
LUNCH
12:30 – 13:30
Renewable Energy Roadmaps for Latin America: Perspectives and way forward
This event will convene representatives from countries of the Latin American region and aims to present the REmap study’s objectives, scope and expected outcomes, as well as to delve into the overall insights and lessons learned from the development of the Central America and South America reports.
13:30 – 15.30


IRENA Youth Forum: The New Generation of Decision Makers – Empowering Youth to Lead an Equitable Energy Transition for a Sustainable Future
The fourth edition of the IRENA Youth Forum will bring together young people from different countries and backgrounds to discuss the theme “Empowering Youth to Lead an Equitable Energy Transition for a Sustainable Future”, particularly in the context of youth involvement in energy policy, financing mechanisms to support the emergence of youth-led solutions, and capacity building opportunities for youth.
16:00 – 18:00


High-Level meeting on the Energy Compact on Renewable Energy for the United Nations Peacekeeping
This High-Level meeting will provide a platform for a strategic discussion on the alignment of climate and development objectives related to the greening of peacekeeping operations and the development priorities of host communities. The meeting will also outline key opportunities for partners to join and promote the realisation of the Energy Compact.
Room B1
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
9:00 – 10:30


Decentralised Renewable Energy Solutions for Remote and Isolated Communities
This meeting will facilitate dialogue on transitioning remote, isolated and indigenous communities to clean and reliable sources of energy by increasing the adoption of renewables as an alternative to fossil fuels. Discussions will also address investment needs and delivery models for decentralised renewable energy deployment across these communities.
11:00 – 12:30
Catalyzing Local Finance for Renewable Energy Projects
This meeting will gather local financing stakeholders for a discussion that will highlight their role in mobilising investment in renewable energy projects on the ground. The meeting will also explore avenues on how local banks can complement, supplement and partner with international funders, such as multilateral and bilateral financial institutions, for the purpose of advancing the clean energy transition in their respective countries.
12:30 – 14:30
LUNCH
12:30 – 14:00


Réunion de Concertation Francophone
This event is convened in coordination with the Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD) for IRENA Members that form part of the French-speaking Francophonie to exchange views on solutions for increasing jobs in the field of renewable energy within these countries, with a focus on the employability of young people and women.
14:00 – 16.00


End-of-life Management of Solar PV and the Circular Economy
This meeting will preview findings from IRENA’s recent work on the projection of global solar PV waste in the 1.5oC Scenario and provide a platform for policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the current status, major barriers and best practices on circular economy approaches for end-of-life management of solar PV.
16:00 – 18:00


National frameworks for scenario development towards net-zero target-setting
This meeting will gather specialists from diverse sectors to discuss frameworks for developing and using long-term energy scenarios (LTES) targeting net-zero emissions to achieve climate goals, create long-term development strategies and their uses and impacts on critical sectors, such as the financial sector.
Plenary Hall
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
Family Photo
10:00 – 10:30
Assembly Official Opening and welcoming statements
The Official Opening of the 13th session of the IRENA Assembly will take place on 14 January 2023 at 10:00 am, with high-level statements including by the Presidency of the Assembly, the Host Country and the IRENA Director-General, amongst others.
10:30 – 13:00


High-level Plenary session on World Energy Transition – The Global Stocktake
The first UNFCCC Global Stocktake will conclude at COP28 in Dubai. It will consider the world’s collective progress in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and its long-term goals. Energy transitions are a central part of this effort, and IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook sets out a pathway aligned with a 1.5°C future that can help guide the Global Stocktake. Among other things, IRENA is providing the best available science to inform the process as well as a venue for dialogue and a framework for action.
The High-level Plenary session will set the scene for the Assembly’s deliberations and consider the role of energy transitions in the context of the Global Stocktake. In preparation for COP28, it will reflect on the key priorities of the energy transition, in diverse geographical and sectoral settings.

13:00 – 14:30
LUNCH
13:15 – 14:00


Press Conference
Ballroom Foyer
13:15 – 14:00
Global Offshore Wind Alliance: Offshore Wind as a Key Solution to the Climate and Energy Security Crises
The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) was launched at COP27 in Egypt with the ambition to create a global driving force for the uptake of offshore wind. This event will present the mission of GOWA and its value proposition to IRENA Members, bringing together the co-chairs and existing members of GOWA as well as public and private sector actors across the offshore wind value chain.
14:30 – 16.00


Annual Report of the Director-General for 2022-2023
Draft Medium-Term Strategy 2023-2027
Member interventions

16:00 – 18:00
General Member Statements
Delegations share their national experiences/statements on priority actions and challenges related to the deployment of renewable energy and exchange views on issues related to the energy transition in the coming decade and beyond.
18:30 – 20:30
Assembly Dinner Reception
Ballroom Terrace
Room A
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
13:00 – 14:30
LUNCH
13:00 – 14:30


Advancing renewables-based clean cooking solutions
This event will discuss actions needed to step up progress on the adoption of renewables-based clean cooking solutions – a pre-requisite for achieving both sustainable development and climate goals. It will showcase IRENA’s ongoing activities on the topic and invite Members and experts to share experiences and lessons learnt on creating enabling frameworks for renewables-based clean cooking solutions, with a focus on the policy, financing, local value chain and enterprise development aspects of scaling clean cooking solutions.
16:15 – 18:15


Ministerial Roundtable on Decarbonising Shipping: The role of ports in addressing supply, demand and trade of renewable-based fuels
This Ministerial Roundtable aims at sharing experiences around the strategies to address the decarbonisation of the shipping sector by facilitating a high-level dialogue between Ministers and Senior Executives from the renewables and shipping industries and port authorities.
18:30 – 20:30
Ministerial Dinner: Energizing Healthcare with Renewables
Olea Restaurant

Room B1
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
13:00 – 14:30
LUNCH
13:00 – 14:30
Power system RE-structuring for the transition and to avoid the next power price crisis
This event will gather policymakers and experts to discuss new power system structures that address misalignments and are fit for the energy transition. It will showcase the dual procurement approach proposed in the IRENA study “RE-organising Power Systems for the Transition”, gathering feedback on its suitability for supporting the energy transition as well as a potential roadmap for its implementation.
Plenary Hall
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
10:00 – 11:30
Ministerial Dialogue on Regional Energy Transition Outlooks: Southeast Asia Energy Transitions
This Ministerial Dialogue will provide a platform for a high-level discussion on scaling up renewable energy uptake in Southeast Asia, with a view to supporting the region’s ambitions to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity.
11:30 – 13:00


Ministerial Dialogue on Critical materials for the Renewables-Centred Energy Transition: How to jointly harness opportunities
This Ministerial Dialogue will focus on experiences on de-risking supply, including materials innovation and recycling, and making the supply chain more environmentally and socially sustainable. The discussion will contribute to the work of the Collaborative Framework on Critical Materials for the Energy Transition, amongst others.
13:00 – 14:30
LUNCH
14:30 – 16:00


Ministerial Dialogue on Energy Transition Accelerator Financing (ETAF) Platform
This Ministerial Dialogue will focus on the ETAF Platform, partners and its innovative business model aimed to increase investments in renewable energy to meet the developing world’s energy transition ambitions and potential, while meeting Sustainable Development and Climate Goals. This session will also facilitate discussions on reducing barriers to greater investment growth in energy transition assets by taking steps to reduce project risk and raise capital.
16:00 – 17.30
Administrative and Institutional Matters and other mandates
17.30 – 18:00
AoB-Closing
Room A1
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
13:00 – 14:30
LUNCH
13:00 – 14:30


SDG7 at Mid-Point: Delivering on the Global Roadmap for Accelerated SDG7 Action
This event will serve to take stock of the progress on the Energy Compacts, one of the key outcomes of the UN Secretary-General’s 2021 High-level Dialogue on Energy, and consider collective actions required towards 2030, as Member States prepare for the review of SDG7 at the UN High-level Political Forum 2023, the SDG Summit 2023, and the global stocktaking of SDG7 to be held in 2024.
18:30 – 20:30
Women in Diplomacy Event: Empowering Lives and Livelihoods – Renewables for Adaptation
Attendees to this High-level event will receive an invitation to the launch of the ‘Empowering Lives and Livelihoods – Renewables for Adaptation’ initiative, which aims to connect people and livelihoods through renewable energy solutions in agri-food and health sectors.
Room A2
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
13:00 – 14:30
LUNCH
13:00 – 14:30
Global Geothermal Alliance Annual Meeting
This meeting presents a platform for IRENA to engage with the members and partners of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) on the Agency’s geothermal related activities.
Room B1
ST REGIS. HOTEL SAADIYAT ISLAND, ABU DHABI
13:00 – 14:30
LUNCH
13:00 – 14:30
Scaling-Up Renewable Energy in Mano River Union Region
This event will showcase IRENA’s ongoing activities in the Mano River Union (MRU) region, encompassing Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and as part of its broader regional engagement in West Africa and the continent at large. Preliminary findings from the regional market analysis report will be presented and Members, development partners and financing institutions will be invited to provide feedback and share perspectives on recent developments in the renewable energy landscape of the region.