Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:
The UAE has announced the formal ratification of its headquarters
agreement with the International
Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), confirming IRENA’s position as the
global hub for renewable energy, and the first international
organisation headquartered in the Middle East.
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE's Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and CEO of Masdar speaking at the IRENA General Assembly, 13th Jan, 2013 (Photo: Business Wire)
The announcement was made during the first day of the annual IRENA
Assembly in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of ministers and officials from
150 countries. It formally accords IRENA all the rights, privileges and
protections of an international organisation.
The agreement also highlights the UAE’s emergence as a global centre of
excellence for renewable energy. Abu Dhabi is home to Masdar, the
renewable energy city, and this week is hosting thousands of industry
leaders and policy makers for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).
“I want to thank the UAE’s leadership for their support of IRENA’s HQ
ratification, which represents a major milestone for the future of the
Agency,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE’s Special Envoy for Energy
and Climate Change and CEO of Masdar. “The UAE now has its first fully
fledged international organization – reflecting and enhancing our
position as a global hub for the energy industry.”
“The ratification of our headquarters agreement, and the presence of a
record breaking number of ministers and policy makers at the 2013
Assembly, marks IRENA’s coming of age,” said Adnan Amin, IRENA Director
General. “What began as a visionary idea in 2009 has truly taken form.
The renewable energy era is upon us.”
Note to Editors
IRENA is mandated by 159 countries and the European Union to promote the
sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, and to serve as the
global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange.
Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first major international
organization to be headquartered in the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
Taking place January 13-17, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will
attract an anticipated 30,000 participants from 150 countries to Abu
Dhabi for what will be the largest gathering on sustainability in the
history of the Middle East. A significant platform for international
dialogue and cooperation, ADSW will tackle the world’s most pressing
energy, water and environmental challenges. ADSW will unite world
leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, experts, scientists, business
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