The ninth session of the Assembly of IRENA took place from 11 - 13 January 2019 at the St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Assembly is the Agency’s supreme decision-making body and brings together Heads of State, Ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition.
Two ministerial roundtables took place during the Assembly, featuring Ministers and high-level participants. They discussed the role of renewables in achieving universal energy access and the transformative impact innovation is having in the renewable energy sector. A special evening event on “Gender in the Energy Transformation” marked the launch of a new IRENA publication on the topic and feature an interactive discussion on the gender dimension of the energy transformation.
A number of the Assembly's Plenary discussions featured presentations and provided opportunities for contributions from IRENA Member delegations, stakeholder groups and the private sector. Plenaries will focus on aspects of the Agency’s work and actions by countries in the development and deployment of renewables. The Assembly also considered the conclusions of 16th Council and provided guidance on specific administrative and institutional matters.
Thematic meetings, organised by IRENA, and in collaboration with stakeholders, were held over the course of the Assembly. The main objectives of these were to raise awareness of the importance of renewable energy and its impact on sustainable development, connect policy makers, experts and 3 innovators from many countries to learn from each other, share good practices and inform decision makers by identifying shared needs and finding common ground on shared priorities.
The Assembly took place at the outset of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and was followed by the World Future Energy Summit, from 14 to 17 January 2019, which also featured a number of events hosted by IRENA.
*Access to below sessions is by relevant registrations
SIDS Ministerial: SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0
Solar Opportunities for Developing Cities
African Ministerial: Scaling up the Renewable Energy Deployment in Africa
The Future is RE-Electrification
Renewable Energy Solutions in Refugee Settings and Situations of Displacement
High-level Meeting on Renewable Energy in Latin America
Réunion de Concertation Francophone
Opening Statements and Reports
Annual Report of the Director-General
Launch of the Report on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation
''Catalysing Off-grid Renewables Deployment Towards Universal Access and SDGs"
Accessing Funding in the 7th Cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility
The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation
Socio-economic Benefits of the Energy Transition
IRENA/ADFD Project Facility:
Announcement of selected projects in the sixth cycle
Global Geothermal Alliance:
''Enhancing Dialogue and Cooperation''
The Changing Role of Hydropower in the Energy Sector Transformation
Administrative and Institutional Matters
Special Evening Event:
''Gender in the Energy Transformation''
IRENA-ADFD Advisory Committee Meeting
Reports from the Ministerial Roundtables and the Special Evening Event
"Taking Stock of Progress"
Appointment of the Next Director-General of IRENA