International Renewable Energy Agency and UNOPS to work together

23 March 2010| Articles


<br/ />irena unops mou signing The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and UNOPS today signed an agreement which paves the way for UNOPS to provide comprehensive administrative and procurement support to the recently established agency.

Mandated by governments worldwide, IRENA's mission is to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. With the global population projected to reach 10 billion in 2050, abundant renewable energy sources worldwide can make a significant contribution to the world’s growing demand for energy.

IRENA was officially established in Bonn, Germany on January 26, 2009 and 142 states and the European Union have now signed its statute. It is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by Hélène Pelosse, Interim Director-General of IRENA and Jan Mattsson, Executive Director of UNOPS, is aimed at ensuring that the agency can quickly and efficiently begin implementing its mandate.

UNOPS will provide services such as the recruitment and administration of personnel, financial management, procurement and legal functions. On request it will also provide other consultancy and management services.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at UNOPS headquarters in Copenhagen, Ms. Pelosse said: "The unique expertise of UNOPS in the area of service provision will enhance the capabilities of IRENA and boost the take-off of its activities dedicated to renewable energy.”

Mr. Mattsson said: "This is an excellent example of where UNOPS is able to support an agency, with each partner focusing on its comparative strengths. We are delighted to be able to assist IRENA so it is in a position to quickly deliver on its important mission."

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