Ninth Session of the IRENA Assembly

10 – 13 January 2019 |Abu Dhabi, UAE


 

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Overview

The ninth session of the Assembly of IRENA will take place from 11 - 13 January 2019 at the St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Assembly is the Agency’s supreme decision-making body and brings together Heads of State, Ministers, government officials, and representatives from the private sector, civil society and other international organisations to reaffirm the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition.

Two ministerial roundtables will take place during the Assembly, featuring Ministers and high-level participants. They will discuss the role of renewables in achieving universal energy access and the transformative impact innovation is having in the renewable energy sector. A special evening event on “Gender in the Energy Transformation” will mark the launch of a new IRENA publication on the topic and feature an interactive discussion on the gender dimension of the energy transformation.

A number of the Assembly's Plenary discussions will feature presentations and provide opportunities for contributions from IRENA Member delegations, stakeholder groups and the private sector. Plenaries will focus on aspects of the Agency’s work and actions by countries in the development and deployment of renewables. The Assembly will also consider the conclusions of 16th Council and will provide guidance on specific administrative and institutional matters.

Thematic meetings, organised by IRENA, and in collaboration with stakeholders, will be held over the course of the Assembly. The main objectives of these will be to raise awareness of the importance of renewable energy and its impact on sustainable development, connect policy makers, experts and 3 innovators from many countries to learn from each other, share good practices and inform decision makers by identifying shared needs and finding common ground on shared priorities.

The Assembly takes place at the outset of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and is followed by the World Future Energy Summit, from 14 to 17 January 2019, which will also feature a number of events hosted by IRENA.

Programme

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Room A1
Room A2
Room B1
09:30 - 12:00
SIDS Ministerial: SIDS Lighthouses Initiative 2.0
09:00 - 12:00
Legislators Forum
09:30 - 11:00
Solar Opportunities for Developing Cities
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch
12:00 - 14:00
Lunch
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch
13:00 - 16:00
African Ministerial: Scaling up the Renewable Energy Deployment in Africa
14:00 - 15:30
The Future is RE-Electrification
14:30 - 16:00
Renewable Energy Solutions in Refugee Settings and Situations of Displacement
16:30 - 18:30
Public-Private Dialogue
16:00 - 18:00
High-level Meeting on Renewable Energy in Latin America
16:30 - 18:00
Réunion de Concertation Francophone
09:30 - 13:00
Official Opening
Opening Statements and Reports
Annual Report of the Director-General
Member Interventions
Plenary Hall
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch
13:15 - 14:30
Launch of the Report on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation
14:30 - 18:00
Member Interventions
Plenary Hall
15:00 - 18:00
Ministerial Roundtable
''Catalysing Off-grid Renewables Deployment Towards Universal Access and SDGs"
Ministerial Hall
08:15 - 09:15
Accessing Funding in the 7th Cycle of the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility
Room B1
09:30 - 10:30
The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation
Plenary Hall
10:30 - 12:30
Socio-economic Benefits of the Energy Transition
Plenary Hall
12:30 - 13:00
IRENA/ADFD Project Facility:
Announcement of selected projects in the sixth cycle
Plenary Hall
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch
13:15 - 14:15
Global Geothermal Alliance:
''Enhancing Dialogue and Cooperation''
Room B1
14:30 - 16:30
The Changing Role of Hydropower in the Energy Sector Transformation
Plenary Hall
15:00 - 18:00
Ministerial Roundtable
''Transformative Innovation''
Ministerial Hall
16:30 - 18:00
Administrative and Institutional Matters
Plenary Hall
19:30 - 21:30
Special Evening Event:
''Gender in the Energy Transformation''
08:15 - 09:15
IRENA-ADFD Advisory Committee Meeting
(closed meeting)
09:30 - 10:00
Reports from the Ministerial Roundtables and the Special Evening Event
Plenary Hall
10:00 - 13:00
High-Level Segment
"Taking Stock of Progress"
Plenary Hall
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch
14:30 - 17:30
Appointment of the Next Director-General of IRENA
Plenary Hall
17:30 - 18:00
Closing
Plenary Hall