Jan 12 2012
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Irena Assembly Starts Action Week For Renewable Energy
The IRENA Assembly, which features interactive Ministerial Roundtables, plenary sessions and technical meetings, will attract more than 800 of the most influential voices in renewable energy, representing 131 countries and 57 organisations, and including 64 ministers and other high-level officials. It will be opened by Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, President of the First IRENA Assembly and Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, UAE, and will be attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will make a special address to the Assembly before officially inaugurating SE4ALL on the following day at the WFES, and holding talks with the members of his High-Level Group.
"I look forward to the debate, negotiations, networking opportunities and exchange of ideas that our Second Assembly brings," said the Agency's Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. "This will be a year in which we realise our full role in stepping-up international efforts to create the enabling environments that will allow renewables to fulfill their potential in the world's energy mix."
Highlights of the IRENA Assembly will be the two interactive Ministerial Roundtables, one discussing cooperation with the private sector, the other policy issues related to IRENA 's medium-term strategy. Other activities include the High-Level Group sessions, and technical meetings on the Global Solar and Wind Atlas, and the competitiveness of renewable power generation.
"A year ago our first Assembly allowed us to successfully create IRENA 's structure, consolidate capacity and set initial objectives. This time we will focus much more on action, including the implementation of our work plan which allow IRENA to cement its position at the core of global initiatives to promote renewable energy," added Mr. Amin.
IRENA and its partners will also host an information and discussion booth at the 2012 WFES where international policy makers, innovators, business decision-makers and investors, will hear more than 150 eminent speakers, and visit 650 exhibiting companies and 20 national pavilions under an underlying theme of Powering Sustainable Innovation.
Note to editors:
IRENA -- the International Renewable Energy Agency , founded in 2009, held its first Assembly in Abu Dhabi in April 2011, where the Agency is headquartered. With the participation of 155 States, 86 ratifying Members, and the European Union, IRENA has become a nexus of international efforts to accelerate the worldwide deployment of renewable energy technologies.
IRENA - the first global intergovernmental organisation to be established in decades - provides practical advice and support to both developed and developing countries wishing to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy and meet the anticipated steep increase in global energy needs by combining the use of renewable energy with energy efficiency. The Agency facilitates access to all relevant information including reliable data on the potential of renewable energy, best practices, effective financial mechanisms and state-of-the-art technological innovation. Its knowledge and expertise is available to both industrialised and developing countries wishing to increase the share of renewables in their energy mix.
IRENA has three main programmatic areas: Knowledge Management and Technology Cooperation (KMTC), which facilitates an increased role for renewable energy; Policy Advisory Services and Capacity Building (PASCB) which supports country's capacity to create an enabling environment for its deployment; and an Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) which provides the means for accelerated technological change and the use of innovation.
*Source: ME NewsWire
The press release can be viewed online: http://www.me-newswire.net/news/4766/en
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