The Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and brings together heads of state, ministers, government officials and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organizations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition..
IRENA, which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi and has more than 170 member states, uses its decision making authority to agree its objectives and discuss how renewable energy can alleviate climate change and increase sustainability..
The 12th session of the IRENA Assembly took place in a virtual setting from 15 to 16 January 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with related stakeholder and ministerial meetings held on 13 and 14 January 2022. The sessions were live-streamed on the IRENA Assembly Live webpage.
The IRENA Assembly brought together Heads of State/Government, Ministers and energy decision-makers among its Membership and States-in-Accession, as well as multilateral organizations, global stakeholders and private actors to reassess long-standing assumptions, perceived barriers and default decisions, and discuss the energy transition as an investment in our collective future. The Opening featured a high-level meeting on the follow-up of COP26 and High-level Dialogues on Energy outcomes aligned with the Assembly theme “Energy Transition: From Commitments to Action”..
Furthermore, ministerial roundtables and high-level events focused on pressing issues of energy transition such as the geopolitics of green hydrogen, adaptation, finance and investment, just and inclusive transition, renewables in end-use sectors and latest developments on sources such as geothermal energy. A ministerial event on Africa and Small Island Developing States was also convened to allow for an exchange of perspectives among countries that are most impacted by climate change .