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Climate Change Policy & Practice
Fifth Session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and First Session of the Assembly of IRENA

3 April 2011 and 4-5 April 2011 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Highlights for Sunday, 3 April 2011
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Adnan Amin (Kenya), designated Director-General of IRENA
On Sunday, 3 April, the Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held its fifth and last session, chaired by Ogunlade Davidson, Sierra Leone. In the morning, delegates considered the organization of work; the report of the Chair of the Administrative Committee; the provisional rules of procedure of the Assembly and of the Council; multilingualism; staff regulations and the staff provident fund; the secondment of personnel to IRENA; financial matters; the establishment of committees; the transfer of assets and liabilities from the Preparatory Commission to IRENA and recommendation on other transitional arrangements; host country arrangements; and the draft agreement on privileges and immunities. In addition, IRENA’s Interim Director-General, Adnan Amin, presented his annual report on the implementation of the 2010 Work Programme and Budget. He explained that the focus had been on institutional and management issues, including implementation of recommendations and audits, with particular attention to human resources, finances and procurements. During the discussion of the Draft Decision on the Establishment of Committees, delegates debated a proposal by Sudan to add reference to the creation of a committee on technical and technological issues.

In the afternoon, delegates agreed to recommend to the Assembly of IRENA to adopt the Draft Work Programme and Budget for 2011. The Draft provides for a core budget of USD13,26 million and details three sub-programmes for IRENA on: knowledge management and technological cooperation; policy advisory services and capacity building; and innovation and technology. The appointment of the Director-General of IRENA took place during a closed session. Pedro Marín (Spain) obtained 36 votes, Adnan Amin (Kenya) obtained 76 votes, and one ballot was declared invalid. Amin was therefore declared the designated Director-General of IRENA. Delegates also adopted the Credential Committee report, considered other business, and adopted the session report. Chair Ogunlade Davidson closed the session at 8:07 pm.
Daily web coverage
3 April - 4 April - 5 April
Designation of the Director-General
Pedro Marín, Spain
Pedro Marín, Spain, and Adnan Amin, Kenya, designated Director-General of IRENA
Plenary
Session Chair Ogunlade Davidson, Sierra Leone
Shuichi Akamatsu, Japan
Guy Lentz, Luxembourg
Christina Vasak, France
The dais during the morning session.
Abderrahim El Hafidi, Morocco
Heidi Liliana Botero Hernández, Colombia
Veronica Westacott, Australia
Adnan Amin (right), Interim Director-General of IRENA, during consultations.
Delegates during a break.
 
L-R: Sai Navoti, Timoci L. Natuva, and Malakai Tadulala, Fiji

Karsten Sach, Germany

Maggie Phang, and Sara Williams, Australia
Farhat Ayesha, Pakistan
Consultations
Pier Benedetto Francese, Italy, Steve Sawyer, Global Wind Energy Council, and Adnan Amin, Interim Director-General of IRENA, during a break.
Mohamed Gello, Kenyan Ambassador to the UAE, Maalim Mohamud Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Energy, Kenya Johnson Weru, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya and Raphael Khazenzi, Ministry of Energy, Kenya
Aaron Leopold, IISDRS, and Luis Molina Barahona, Nicaragua
Delegates from Bangladesh and India
After the Election
Adnan Amin, designated Director-General of IRENA, Maalim Mohamud Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Energy, Kenya
Adnan Amin, designated Director-General of IRENA, Mohamed Gello, Kenyan Ambassador to the UAE, and Maalim Mohamud Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Energy, Kenya
Group photo with Adnan Amin, designated Director-General of IRENA
Adnan Amin, designated Director-General of IRENA, and Charalampos Pippos, Greece
Adnan Amin, designated Director-General of IRENA, and Farhat Ayesha, Pakistan
Adnan Amin, designated Director-General of IRENA, and Session Chair Ogunlade Davidson, Sierra Leone
Around the Conference
Delegation of Lesotho
Kimo Goree, Director of IISD Reporting Services, and Session Chair Ogunlade Davidson, Sierra Leone
Local Staff at the venue
Heidi Liliana Botero Hernández, Colombia, and Diego Noguera, IISDRS
Hans Jorgen Koch, Denmark, and Eva Paaske, Norway
N'Faly Yombouno and Sourakata Camara, Guinea

Delegates from China

Participants collecting the day's documents
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3 April - 4 April - 5 April

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