Scaling-up renewable energy world-wide key priority as global leaders and representatives from 160 countries join more than 1,200 participants for Agency’s ninth Assembly which will elect a new Director-General
Dhabi, UAE, 10 January 2019 – Heads of state and governments, more than 120 ministers and
representatives from 160 countries will gather this week to engage in
high-level discussions to accelerate renewable energy deployment in support of
the sustainable development goals and global climate objectives. The officials
will attend the ninth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency
(IRENA) – the world’s principal forum for international cooperation on
renewable energy – taking place from 11-13 January 2019 in Abu Dhabi. This is
the largest number of ministerial level participants to have registered for an
IRENA Assembly ever. The policymakers will be joined by high-level
representatives from international organisations, private sector, and civil
The Assembly is taking place against a backdrop of falling cost of
renewable energy, a growing recognition of its socio-economic benefits and
calls for greater action to avoid the worst effects of climate change. In
October, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report
highlighted that the world has just 12 years left to take decisive action on
climate mitigation and called for a rapid and far-reaching energy
transformation based on renewables. According to IRENA analysis, renewable
energy deployment must accelerate by a factor of six to meet the goals of the
Paris Agreement. This year, the Assembly will be presided over by H.E. Mr. Li
Fanrong, Vice President of China’s National Energy Administration.
“Renewable energy presents a tremendous economic and social
opportunity to industrialised and developing economies alike” said IRENA
Director-General Mr Adnan Z. Amin. “IRENA’s almost-universal membership is an
indication that renewable energy is truly a global undertaking and a key policy
priority for countries all over the world. Their ability to navigate this transition
is strengthened through engagement with the Agency.
“By bringing together policymakers from the whole world, the IRENA
Assembly provides a truly unique platform for strengthening international
cooperation on energy transformation,” concluded Mr. Amin.
“It is an honour to be President of IRENA’s ninth Assembly,” said
Mr. Li Fanrong. “China has made renewable energy a clear strategic priority to
serve both our economic and environmental goals but also to strengthen China’s
contribution to key global objectives. This pursuit has been greatly supported
by the international cooperation fostered by IRENA.
“The Assembly has come to represent an important opportunity to
bring the global community together,” continued Mr. Li. “Our deliberations over
the next few days will no doubt offer every country the insight and guidance
necessary to stimulate further growth in the deployment of renewable energy as
well all work to meet these pressing global objectives.”
Assembly will feature several key discussions on critical issues related to the
advancement of renewable energy, including:
- Two ministerial
roundtables will take place on catalysing off-grid renewable energy
deployment towards universal electricity access and on the
transformative impact of innovation in the renewable energy
- Three regional ministerial
meetings will take place to share experiences in Africa,
Small Island Developing States and Latin America.
- The launch of a
ground-breaking new IRENA study on ‘Gender in the Energy
Transformation’ presenting findings on the role of women in renewable
- IRENA’s Legislators
Forum brings together dozens of global parliamentarians to
focus on the theme of parliamentary action to accelerate energy
transformation to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern
energy for all by 2030 (SDG 7).
- The launch of a first
of its kind report by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy
Transformation on the geopolitical implications of energy transformation
in the age of renewables.
- The Abu Dhabi
Fund for Development and IRENA will announce the recipients of funding
allocated through the 6th cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility.
The Assembly will also decide on the selection of a new
A number of the Assembly’s Plenary discussions will provide
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,
including topics such as the socio-economic benefits of energy transition and
the changing role of hydropower in the energy sector transformation. The
Assembly will also consider the conclusions of the 16th IRENA Council and will
provide guidance on specific administrative and institutional matters.
The full Assembly programme can be found here. Activities throughout the event can be followed on twitter using #IRENA9A.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the
global intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their
transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform
for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of
policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With
160 Members (159 States and the European Union) and 23 additional countries in
the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread
adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including
bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit
of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon
economic growth and prosperity.