The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has officially become the first Arab nation in which a “truly international organisation” is based. That organization just happens to be centered around supporting a global implementation of renewable energy. A recent statement by the UAE notes that members of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have confirmed the nation as the agency’s official location for its base of operations.
The first session of the agency’s general assembly brought together 800 delegates from 150 nations and was attended by more than 90 ministers. According to Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, CEO of Masdar, and President of the ongoing session, IRENA’s goal is to “…accelerate the pace at which renewable energy is deployed and integrated around the globe…”
IRENA’s inception in 2009 launched the initial phases of the organisation which culminated in bringing 148 countries and the European Union together to sign the statute of the agency. According to the statement, IRENA’s members are comprised in part by 48 African, 38 European, 35 Asian, 17 American and 10 Australia/Oceania member states.
In addition to the official proclamation of IRENA’s home, the assembly also elected Adnan Amin, the former Acting Interim Director General, as the Director General of the Agency.
The UAE has been recognized many times for its efforts in advancing sustainable technologies and solutions. Perhaps their most notable actions include the inception of the Masdar initiative, the establishment of the Abu Dhabi green building code, organisation and hosting of the World Future Energy Summit and the commissioning of the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
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