09 January 2017| Articles
From 14 to 15 January 2017, the seventh session of the Assembly of IRENA gathered 3 heads of state, 75 ministers, government officials from over 150 countries, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations. As IRENA's ultimate decision-making authority, the Assembly brought together the international community to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition.
Taking place at the St. Regis Saadiyat Hotel in Abu Dhabi, with a day of preliminary meetings and discussions on 13 January, the Assembly focused on the critical role of renewable energy in combating climate change, expanding energy access and meeting global sustainable development goals.
This year's Assembly designated Uruguay as President of next year's eighth session, and the Afghanistan, Nigeria, Norway, and Sudan as Vice-Presidents.
Winning photos from IRENA's 2016 Photo Competition were exhibited outside the Assembly's plenary.
The Assembly featured a number of strategic and programmatic discussions around central themes of the Agency’s work and mandate. They were designed to promote an exchange of information and best practice among Members and experts in support of efforts to increase the uptake of renewable energy — taking advantage of the annual sessions of the Assembly as the global cooperation platform in the field of renewables.
The Assembly also featured a photo exhibit of the winning pictures from the International Photo Competition IRENA held in 2016.Notable events that took place throughout the three days included:
The Legislators Forum allowed participants to exchange best practices and learn from each other’s experiences in creating effective renewable energy policy.
A Ministerial Roundtable on 15 January, ‘Catalysing off-grid renewable energy deployment – Towards universal electricity access and the attainment of SDGs’, discussed how off-grid renewables can be best integrated into national electrification strategies and maximise socioeconomic benefits.
'REthinking Energy' was launched at high-level event and discussion panel, featuring prominent leaders in energy sector.
Followers of IRENA's Twitter feed, the hashtag #IRENA7A, and IRENA's Facebook and Instagram accounts were kept up-to-date on the developments of the Assembly. Photos from the Assembly are available on Flickr.