18 – 21 January 2021 |Virtual Event
The 11th session of the IRENA Assembly will take place in a virtual setting from 18 to 21 January 2021, with related stakeholder meetings held virtually on 13 and 14 January 2021. The sessions will be live-streamed on the IRENA Assembly Live webpage.
The event will bring together Heads of State/Government, Ministers and energy decision-makers among its Membership and States-in-accession, as well as multilateral organisations, global stakeholders and private actors to reassess long-standing assumptions, perceived barriers and default decisions, and discuss the energy transition as an investment in our collective future.
A High-level Panel on Energy Transition for Sustainable Post-COVID Recovery will feature high-level participants including Heads of State, Ministers, heads of international and regional organisations and private actors, who will share their views on the role of the energy transition driven by renewables as a response to the pandemic and draw out strategies to simultaneously advance multiple economic, social and climate priorities.
Four Ministerial Plenary sessions will take place, engaging Ministers and High-level participants on specific topics such as National Energy Planning, Finance for Renewables, Renewables and Pathway to Carbon Neutrality and Energising Healthcare.
A number of Stakeholder Engagement events will be organized at the margins of the 11th IRENA Assembly that will bring specific perspectives on the energy transition from parliamentarians, youth and the private sector. The main objectives include raising awareness of the importance of intensifying global efforts to accelerate the pace of the energy transition in a post-COVID recovery and exploring short- and long-term actions that can mobilise investments in the renewable energy sector.
The Assembly will also consider the conclusions of the Agency’s Council meetings and provides guidance on specific administrative and institutional matters.
For more information, kindly refer to the 11th Assembly Executive Overview.
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This Dialogue Panel will feature high-level participants including Ministers, and heads of international organisations and private actors, who will share their views on the role of the energy transition driven by renewables as a response to the pandemic and draw out strategies to simultaneously advance multiple economic, social and climate priorities. The panel will also seek to highlight experiences and concrete actions that can accelerate the energy transitions in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
This virtual ministerial plenary session will provide an opportunity to showcase the emerging experience in reinforcing energy planning and implementation at the national level and aligning that to global climate action and goals through NDCs. The session will facilitate a dialogue among IRENA’s Membership and international partners on climate action from the perspective of accelerated energy transition and faster deployment of renewable energy. The session will also allow Ministers and key partners to illustrate national priorities in terms of energy transition and climate action in their respective countries, while sharing national experiences and best practices in the context of energy component of NDCs to inform the way forward.
This Ministerial plenary meeting will address both policy and finance aspects of channeling investments to the renewable energy sector and achieving a steady pipeline of investor-ready and scalable projects. In addition to Ministers and Heads of Delegation, the meeting will bring together policy makers, leading experts from public and private finance institutions and industry to discuss how to make use of the opportunities that the rapidly evolving renewable energy sector offers.
This Ministerial plenary meeting will aim to both inspire and inform decision makers by showcasing examples of leadership on strategies for net-zero, sharing plans and experience to date, exploring what actions are most urgent and by strengthening the international engagement crucial to making progress. It will bring together a range of perspectives on the net-zero goal including countries who are pushing ahead and those who are still considering their strategies.
This virtual ministerial plenary session will convene governments and partners to dwell on the crucial nexus between energy and health and offer a high-level platform for an exchange on challenges and opportunities in the deployment of renewables-based solutions to power healthcare infrastructure in developing countries. The Ministerial Meeting aims to bring together a range of perspectives on this very important global development priority.
The Ministerial will act as a ‘Call to Action’ for the development and public communities to prioritise electrification and greening of rural healthcare facilities building on IRENA’s on-going work in this field. The session will explore the current landscape of international cooperation on this issue and identify pathways to accelerate the electrification of healthcare facilities with increased private sector involvement.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is organising the sixth edition of the Legislators Forum that will take place virtually on 13 January 2021 at the sidelines of the Eleventh Session of the IRENA Assembly. The Forum convenes parliamentary leaders from across the world to discuss global, regional and local agendas relating to a renewables-based energy transition and serves as a platform for substantive dialogue amongst legislators and renewable energy experts on the acceleration of the deployment of renewables.
The 2021 IRENA Legislators Forum will enable parliamentarians, together with IRENA experts and keen representatives, to participate in in-depth discussions on the proposed topics and develop an outcome document that will offer suggestions on how parliamentary action can scale up investments and enable services to support societies’ development through an accelerated energy transition.
Agenda15:00 – 15:15 Welcome Remarks
Session 1: Renewable Energy as an enabler to rebuild better after COVID-19 Moderator: H.E. Dr Kandeh Yumkella, Member of Parliament, Sierra Leone<.p> 15:15 – 15:30 Setting the Scene [Presentations]
Session 2: Accelerating the Energy Transition by scaling up investments for renewablesModerator:H.E. Dr Kandeh Yumkella, Member of Parliament, Sierra Leone 16:30 – 16:45 Setting the Scene [Presentations]
The goal of the High-level Dialogue on Energy is to raise ambition and accelerate action towards the achievement of the SDG7 and the Paris Agreement on climate change, around five Themes: i) energy access; ii) energy transitions; iii) energy action to advance other SDGs; iv) capacity building and data; and v) finance and investment. Main outcomes will include a forward-looking summary presenting a global plan of action to achieve SDG 7 by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050, and a series of “Energy Compacts” that present multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments with tracking frameworks, supported by UN-Energy.
In order to draw on a broad range of expertise and perspectives during the preparations for the Dialogue, a multi-stakeholder Technical Working Group will be established under each Theme to advance in-depth discussions. Each Technical Working Group will produce a thematic report containing substantive recommendations towards an action oriented SDG7 implementation roadmap to 2030 in support of other SDGs and carbon neutrality by 2050. The Technical Working Groups will also help mobilize Energy Compacts to scale up action.
This side-event will present the overview of the High-level Dialogue on Energy 2021, and highlight the work ahead, with a focus on the planned activities of the Technical Working Groups.
Agenda18:30 – 18:35 Welcoming Remarks
The Public-Private Dialogue serves as a key platform for policy makers, legislators, industry associations, private sector stakeholders and civil society to exchange views on the latest renewable energy trends.
Building on two Calls to Action from the IRENA Coalition for Action for governments and legislators to deliver on a green recovery, this year’s edition of the Public-Private Dialogue will focus on the actions needed ahead to accelerate the pace of the energy transition. Participants will discuss COVID-19 impacts on the renewable energy industry and responses to date, as well as what actions are urgently needed from governments and the energy industry to accelerate global progress towards just and equitable energy transitions.
Agenda15:00 – 16:00 Industry Update for Governments on Renewables Post COVID-19
In this session, leading renewable industry associations will present COVID-19 impacts and responses to date, including their outlook on the energy transition and broader climate objectives.16:00 – 18:00 COVID-19 as a Game Changer for the Entire Energy Industry
The session will provide insights on how public and private actors are revisiting their recovery and investment plans and what is needed ahead by governments and the energy industry to accelerate the pace of the energy transition.
As the world acknowledges the role that renewables play in economic recovery as well as delivering continued and sustainable development in light of the pandemic and other threats alike, the resilience of renewable energy and their successful deployment cannot be overemphasized.
Guided by the theme “Promoting an Inclusive and Just Energy Transition”, the 2021 IRENA Youth Forum will provide an opportunity for participants to engage with each other in discussing renewable energy in the context of equity and equality. It will also serve to strengthen the existing network of young energy leaders with the latest insights from the renewable sector, as well as to connect young people with global thought leaders, government representatives, and IRENA experts in identifying the space that exists for youth to contribute to the promotion of an inclusive and just global energy transition.
With the exchange of views centred around the theme ‘Promoting an Inclusive and Just Energy Transition’, this edition of the IRENA Youth Forum will also provide platforms for three thematic working groups for youths to provide their perspectives on achieving a just and inclusive energy transition on the following subtopics: (i) the role of renewables in addressing key social challenges, including in humanitarian and health sectors; (ii) creating opportunities for youth in the energy transition by addressing challenges related to gender equality, job creation, education; and (iii) promoting youth voices and work, such as community engagement, research and advocacy on renewable energy.
Agenda18:30 – 18:45 Welcome remarks and Opening of the Forum
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