IRENA's 4th assembly starts in UAE's capital

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-1-19 9:11:34

The fourth assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) convened on Saturday in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi with focus on the development of renewable energy.

Attracting heads and ministers of more than 150 countries and representatives from 120 international organizations, the two-day assembly's top agenda is to launch "REmap 2030," a roadmap to double the global renewable energy share of the world energy market by 2030.

The aim complies with the UN's objective "sustainable energy for all" initiated by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in December 2010 which states that all citizens in the world shall have access to sustainable energy for their own consumption by 2030.

Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA's director-general, said "IRENA's focus is accelerating the deployment of renewable energies worldwide, and our assembly gives us the opportunity to present our current and future work to our membership."

Meanwhile, the assembly will announce the first six renewable energy projects in developing countries receiving loans from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility partnership.

The director-general noted that "We are now engaged with over 165 countries. As more and more countries join, IRENA's role as the global hub for renewable energy is becoming ever more prominent."

This assembly also marks the start of the annual World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi which will run until January 22.

The IRENA was founded in 2009 and headquartered in Abu Dhabi's "green city" Masdar.

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