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Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice

Fifth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Assembly and Associated Events

16-21 January 2015 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Highlights for Saturday, 17 January 2015

Members convened for the opening of the fifth IRENA Assembly on Saturday. The President of the fourth session, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister of Energy, Mexico, welcomed participants noting the clear need for an intergovernmental agency that acts as a global convener on renewable energy matters. The Assembly first addressed organizational matters and elected Yoichi Miyazawa and Yasuhide Nakayama (Japan) as Co-Presidents of the fifth session. Vladimir Shkolnik (Kazakhstan), Davis Chirchir (Kenya), Mike Allen (New Zealand) and Guillermo Shinno (Peru) were elected as Vice-Presidents. The Assembly elected Italy as Rapporteur. Co-President Miyazawa noted that IRENA’s membership has grown in four years, which demonstrates the high expectations for renewable energy. Co-President Nakayama emphasized that Japan is the second largest contributor to IRENA and is determined to play a leading role in renewable energy deployment with US$850,000 provided in 2014.

IRENA Director-General Amin presented the Annual Report of the Director-General. Director-General Amin highlighted the the implementation of the work programme and budget for 2014-2015 (A/5/3), stressing that innovation, new financial mechanisms and dramatically lowered costs mean “renewable energy poses a positive disruptive momentum to the global energy system. During interventions, many members commended IRENA for its work and progress in 2014 and highlighted national renewable energy initiatives.

Adnan Amin was reappointed as IRENA’s Director-General for a second four-year term. Many members took the floor to express support for Director-General Amin, lauding his stewardship of IRENA.

Members also convened in a ministerial roundtable to consider power sector transformation and held a programmatic discussion on renewable power generation costs.

Fifth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Assembly opens in Abu Dhabi
H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates, shaking hands with Yasuhide Nakayama, fifth Assembly Co-President, Japan

Morning Plenary

Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, and Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Deputy Minister for Planning and Energy Transition, Mexico
Yoichi Miyazawa, fifth Assembly Co-President, Japan
Yasuhide Nakayama, fifth Assembly Co-President, Japan
Upendra Tripathy, India
Rainer Baake, Germany
Abdulrahman Al Sumari, Saudi Arabia, having a conversation with Chad Monfreda, IISD
Jabulile Mashwama, Minister of Nature Resources & Energy, Swaziland, and Henry D. Shongwe, Swaziland
Federico Jose Ramos de Armas, Spain
Faalavaau Sila, Samoa
A view of plenary room
Vladimir Shkolnik, Kazakhstan
Asif Durrani, Pakistan
Jamil Malikov, Akim Badalov and Hagan Teymurov, Azerbaijan
Delegates from the Philippines
Mohamed Salah El Sobki, Egypt
Tabita Butros Shokai, Minister of State, Sudan
Federico Jose Ramos de Armas, Jose Eugenio Lalarich, Spain, consulting with Alvaro Lopez-Pena, IRENA
Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister for Environment and Energy, Maldives, exchanging business cards with Hagan Teymurov, Azerbaijan
The Hon. Kenred M.A. Dorett, Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Bahamas
Abdullah Mohsen Al-Akwa, Minister of Electricity & Energy, Yemen
H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates

Afternoon Plenary

L-R: Yasuhide Nakayama, fifth Assembly Co-President, Japan; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Yoichi Miyazawa, fifth Assembly Co-President, Japan
Hon. Simmon D'Ujanga, Minister of State for Energy, Uganda
Ramón Méndez, Uruguay
Faisal Ahmed, Pakistan
Maimouna Ndoye Seck, Minister of Environment and Energy, Senegal
Thani Al Zayoudi, Director of Energy & Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates
Herbert Krauss, Minister, Federal Ministry Republic of Austria, and Irena Giner-Reichl, Austria
Sven Teske, Greenpeace, chatting with other delegates
Davis Chirchir, Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum congratulates Adnan Amin on his re-appointment as Director-General

Ministerial Roundtable

Zhang Liying, State Grid Corporation, China
Boris Schucht, 50Hertz
Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission
Federico Jose Ramos de Armas, Spain
Alexey Teksler, Deputy Minister for Energy, Russian Federation
Tabita Butros Shokai, Minister of State, Sudan
Shi Lishan, Deputy Director, New Energy and Renewable Energy Deoartment, China
Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Latvia Minister for Economics
Abderrahim EL Hafidi, Secretary-General, Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco
Maher Alodan, Saudi Arabia

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Funding for coverage of these events has been provided by IRENA

Related Links
IRENA Resources

*IRENA Assembly Website and Documents

*IRENA Assembly Provisional Annotated Agenda

*Schedule of Assembly and other IRENA events during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

*IRENA Membership

*IRENA Council Information

*IRENA Statute

IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth session of the IRENA Assembly, World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, and IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, 18-19, 20-22 and 21 January 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit, 6-7 September 2012, Malta

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2012, 16-19 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Pacific Leaders Meeting and Second Session of the IRENA Assembly, 13 and 14-15 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on Renewables – Competitiveness and Innovation, and the Official Opening of the IRENA International Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), 6-7 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on the Occasion of the Official Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) Inauguration, 6 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy, 8-9 July 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Session of the Preparatory Commission for IRENA and First session of the Assembly of IRENA, 3-5 April 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2011, 17-20 January 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities

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