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.

Application Process

Interested? Apply by submitting a completed application form and the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay on a topic related to renewable energy and sustainable development; this could also include a project the applicants have worked on or are working on at the moment (up to 1.000 words)

The deadline for individual applications is 25 October 2019 (at midnight, Abu Dhabi local time). Participants will be selected based on their commitment to raise awareness on or advance the deployment of renewable energy and sustainable development in their community.

Submit an application and be part of the new generation of decision-makers with IRENA.

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Relevant IRENA Bibliography

People, Planet and Prosperity (July 2019)
Climate change and renewable energy (June 2019)
Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2019 (June 2019)
Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report (May 2019)
Global energy transformation: A roadmap to 2050 (April 2019 edition)
Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future (February 2019)
Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective (January 2019)
A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation (January 2019)

An extensive list of background bibliography and publications can be accessed on the IRENA Publications Page.


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.