Abu Dhabi (Al Ittihad)
Members approved International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Today, by an overwhelming majority, a high-level global forum was established to develop visions related to the transformation of the energy sector, by drawing on the agency’s expertise and mobilizing forces to ensure an effective recovery from the “Covid-19” crisis based on the energy sector transformations. This decision comes at the end of the agency’s annual assembly meeting, which attracted more than 2000 participants from member states and partners, including a virtual meeting that lasted from January 18 to January 21.
With a view to maintaining the political momentum of the green recovery strategy in 2021, the new forum seeks to accelerate the transformation of the energy sector by countries, the sector, companies, investors, academia and visionaries. The forum will focus on 3 comprehensive axes during 2021, which are building recovery efforts based on the transformation of the energy sector, increasing reliance on renewable energy in the health and food sectors, as well as implementing zero-energy strategies in line with the Paris climate agreement.
The forum reflects the countries ‘commitment to achieving the strategic mission undertaken by the agency in 2018 to lead the energy sector transformations, and it also embodies the critical role that renewable energy plays in achieving the sustainable development goals and addressing climate change contained in the report’ Post-Covid Recovery: An Action Agenda for Resilience, Development and Equality ».
The forum allows for the participation of the agency’s 163 members and 21 countries seeking to join. The forum will be chaired by the president of the IRENA association, which will be held at least once before each association meeting.
“This year’s meeting showed that the transformation of the energy sector is at the top of the global agenda,” said Francesco La Camera, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Our discussions about recovering from the pandemic emphasized the need to strengthen and consolidate international cooperation and take action on energy sector transitions. This year will play a major role in improving our ability together to make lasting change. ”
He added, “I hope that the new forum will provide governments and partners with a global platform that will enhance cooperation frameworks, explore solutions to deal with the impacts of the pandemic, and promote zero-energy strategies. The primary mission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is to provide our members with the knowledge and tools to transform the opportunities provided by energy sector transitions into policies, strategies and tangible results.