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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 Sunday, 18 January 2015

On Sunday morning, members convened in plenary for consideration of institutional matters and a programmatic discussion on off-grid renewable energy deployment. A ministerial roundtable on the role of renewable energy in energy security took place in parallel.

A strategic discussion on renewable energy and climate change was also held later in the morning. Christiana Figueres, Executive Director, UNFCCC, stressed that the transition to renewables is already underway, unstoppable and “stands on its own two feet” outside of the climate negotiations. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France, said the incoming COP 21 Presidency was an honor, but also an obligation to succeed. She expressed her full support for IRENA’s work, particularly with African and Island states. Rómulo Acurio Traverso, Deputy Representative for Climate Change, Peru, highlighted the success of COP 20 in capitalizing the GCF, engaging stakeholders and working towards a legally binding agreement with the Lima Call for Climate Action.

During a lunchtime event, IRENA and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) announced US$57 million in concession loans for five renewable energy projects in Argentina, Cuba, Iran, Mauritania, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Secretariat presented REsource, an open platform that compiles IRENA’s data on renewable energy statistics, policies, markets and other topics into a single online access point.

A strategic discussion on a future strategy for financing the Agency took place in the afternoon. Director-General Amin concluded that the fifth Assembly sends out the clear message that renewable energy is growing in importance worldwide. The meeting closed at 6:45pm.

Representatives from recipient countries in the second ADFD funding cycle

Ministerial Roundtable

L-R: Maria Van der Hoeven, IEA; Amos Hochstein, US Bureau of Energy Resources; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commission; and Brian Dames, CEO AREP, Eskom
Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commission
Brian Dames, CEO AREP, Eskom
Chung Yang Ho, Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; and Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, IEA
Shamshad Akhtar, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
Ramón Méndez, Uruguay
Amos Hochstein, US Bureau of Energy Resources
Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco
Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister for Environment and Energy, Maldives
Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco, and Claude Turmes, European Parliament
Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France, consulting with another delegate
Heinz Krier, Fraunhofer and Eicke R. Weber, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

A view of the dais during morning plenary
Shahriar Jalaee, Deputy of Planning and Development, Renewable Energy Organization of Iran
Ralf Schröer, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy Abu Dhabi
Rimnogdo Narcisse Sawadogo, Director-General of Energy,
Burkina Faso
Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France
Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer IKEA Group

Afternoon Plenary

Ramón Méndez, Uruguay
Nicolas Fichaux, IRENA
Neda Bagheri, Iran
Soichiro Seki, Vice-Minister for Global Environment, Ministry of Environment, Japan
Nick Clements, Head of International Low Carbon Engagement, United Kingdom
Christian Pilgaard Zinglersen, Denmark
Bae Sung-Ho, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Ali Ozair Al Shafar, First Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates
Lui Naisara, Director Transport Planning, Fiji
Magdy Rady, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Economic Relations, Egypt
Ralf Christmann, Germany
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
Pedro Salvatori, Argentina
Rainer Baake, Germany
Davis Chirchir, Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum

Around the Venue

IISD team (L-R) Chad Monfreda, Asheline Appleton, Johannes Gnann, Dorothy Wanja Nyingi and Sean Wu

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