IRENA Youth Forum: The New Generation of Decision Makers at the 10th IRENA Assembly

10 January 2020 |Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


IRENA’s inaugural youth event will be held on 10 January 2020, in the margins of the Agency’s tenth Assembly. Structured under the theme Renewables beyond 2030: The Key Role of Youth in the Global Energy Transformation, the Agency’s first major event for and on youth recognises the vital role that young people play in achieving climate stability and advancing the sustainable development agenda and energy transformation at large.

Through a series of interactive sessions, including open dialogues, participants will be able to initiate concrete contributions to the global energy discourse from the perspective of youth, alongside government representatives and energy thought leaders.

Become a Participant

The IRENA Youth Forum is open to youth of a minimum age of 16 years. The event strives for global and balanced geographical representation of youth, and highly encourages applications from youth in LDCs, SIDS and developing countries.

The pioneer group of youth will comprise 40 participants selected to take part in the IRENA Youth Forum: The New Generation of Decision Makers.

IRENA will cover flights, accommodation and a daily stipend for exceptional candidates, while striving for geographical and equitable representation. Funded participants will be responsible for covering their own costs for medical insurance.


Applications for the IRENA Youth Forum are now closed.

We have received many applications, and will be notifying selected participants by 21 November 2019.

Once again, thank you very much for your interest in the IRENA Youth Forum!

Should you have any questions, please contact


Young people are key agents for social change, economic growth, environmental protection and technological innovation. As countries across the world continue to take bold steps towards decarbonising their energy systems, the need to include youth in the energy transformation is becoming increasingly clear. Today's youth will lead the sustainable development agenda of tomorrow. It will be incumbent upon them to inject renewed momentum into the global energy and development discourse, and it is therefore only fit that they have a seat at the table.

In view of this, IRENA has actively pursued youth engagement initiatives including the GROWTH@IRENA summer trainee programme, which gives undergraduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience by working with the Agency; the IRENA Student Trainee Programme to support Governing Body Meetings, in which high school students assist the Secretariat during the IRENA Council Meetings and Assembly Sessions; and the Youth Circle at the World Future Energy Summit, wherein students engage in dialogue with representatives and experts in the renewable energy sector.

IRENA’s aim to spread awareness on the multiple benefits of renewable energy is not limited to information dissemination alone – the Agency strives to ensure that various stakeholders including the youth are given a platform to voice their input, and that their voice propels the renewable energy discourse to greater heights.