10 January 2019 |Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The 2019 IRENA Legislators Forum focused on the overall theme of parliamentary actions to accelerate the energy transformation in reaching the goal of universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030, the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 as set forth in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Set in the context of the post-Sustainable SDG7 review by the High-Level Political Forum last July, a general discussion examined the role of parliamentarians in the implementation phase of achieving this goal.
Legislators had the opportunity to conduct an in-depth discussion on the topic, and IRENA, as one of the custodian agencies for SDG7, shared its expertise and policy recommendations in this regard. A session focusing on bridging the gap of energy access in Africa, facilitated the exchange of experiences and best practices with parliamentarians from all over the world and among peers from African countries.
Building on the success of the first edition of a Public-Private dialogue, held in January 2018, between members of the Coalition for Action (an international network of over 80 leading renewable energy players including private sector companies, industry associations, civil society research institutes and intergovernmental organisations), participants to the Legislators Forum and Government representatives, took part in a second Public-Private dialogue on actions to accelerate the energy transformation.