The New Generation of Decision Makers IRENA Youth Forum @ the 13th IRENA Assembly

The International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) fourth IRENA Youth Forum: The New Generation of Decision Makers convened on 13 January 2023 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at the margins of the thirteenth session of the IRENA Assembly. The Assembly is the Agency’s ultimate decision-making authority where Heads of State/Government, Ministers and global stakeholders meet to discuss and advance the energy transition.

The 2023 IRENA Youth Forum strengthened youth networks and connected them with global thought leaders, government representatives, and IRENA experts. The Forum created a space for young people to contribute to the Agency’s mission of accelerating renewable energy deployment to achieve climate objectives and advance the sustainable development agenda.

Through a series of interactive sessions, including open dialogues and thematic workshops, participants were able to add a youth perspective to the global energy discourse.

Global Participation

The event strives for a global and balanced geographical representation of youth and highly encourages applications from youth in LDCs, SIDS and developing countries.

Upon selection, full sponsorship, including travel and accommodations, will be provided for up to 35 participants.

Application Process

Interested youth of a minimum age of 16 years can submit their application by completing an application form and providing the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay on a topic of particular interest to youth pertaining to renewable energy and sustainable development; this could also include a project the applicants have worked on or are working on at the moment (1000/1200 words)

The deadline for individual applications has expired on 29 October 2022 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local time). Participants will be selected based on their commitment to accelerating progress on renewable energy deployment.

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Relevant IRENA Bibliography

World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C Pathway – Outlook 2022 (March 2022)

Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report (June 2022)

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2022 (September 2022)

An extensive list of background reading is available on the IRENA Publications Page.