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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 Monday, 4 April 2011
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IRENA's inaugural session

The Assembly opened at 9:34 and elected by acclamation Sultan Al Jaber, UAE, as President. A minute of silence was observed for the victims of natural disasters. The Assembly adopted: the provisional agenda; the rules of procedure; and a decision on participation of observers. Conrod Hunte, Antigua and Barbuda; Stephen Motsa, Swaziland; Benedikt Haskuldsson, Iceland; and Alexander Mihalevich, Belarus, were elected as vice-presidents. Abubakar Sani Sambo, Nigeria, was elected as rapporteur. The Credentials Committee was appointed, consisting of Bangladesh, Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic, the Gambia, Iceland, Norway, India, Swaziland, and the UAE. Germany put forward the designation of Abu Dhabi as the permanent seat of IRENA, which was adopted by acclamation. Adnan Amin was sworn in as Director-General for a term of four years.

In the morning and the afternoon, delegates attended the high-level segment, where over 70 ministerial-level representatives delivered their country statements.

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Opening of the Assembly‬
Ogunlade Davidson, Sierra Leone, Sultan Al Jaber, President of the Assemby, and Moncef Khane, Secretary of the Assembly, IRENA
Sultan Al Jaber, President of the Assembly
 
Adnan Amin (Kenya) sworn in as Director-General of IRENA by Sultan Al Jaber, President of the Assembly
Moncef Khane, Secretary of the Assembly, IRENA
High Level Segment
The corridors of the ADNEC center were very busy on Monday, as 50 ministers, 30 ministerial level representatives and the Heads of various UN and international agencies arrived for the first day of IRENA’s existence. Many welcomed the high level of participation as proof of the interest and support for the Agency and the recognized importance of renewable energy.
Gombojav Zandanshatar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia
Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister, Bangladesh
Esteban Albornoz, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ecuador
Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Energy, South Africa
Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India
Faamoetauloa Lealaiauloto Taito Dr. Faale Tumaalii, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa
Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, UNIDO
Maud Olofsson, Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Sweden
Syed Ali Mohammed Mousavi, Director General of International Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran
Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Gambia
John M. Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marshall Islands
Sven Alkalaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The High Level segment, held in the morning and afternoon, was attended by one Head of State, over 50 ministers, 30 ministerial-level representatives, and Heads of UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations.
Achim Steiner, ‪Executive Director of UNEP
Sam Kutesa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Uganda
Akram Kamaludeen, Minister of State for Housing and Environment, Maldives
Elham M.A Ibrahim, Commissioner Infrastructure and Energy, African Union
Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
Ramal Hassan Ali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sudan

Reception and Gala Dinner
On Monday night, delegates attended a reception and gala dinner hosted by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.
Local musicians welcomed delegates.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, UAE
Delegates during the reception.
L-R: Kimo Goree, IISD RS, Elizabeth Press and Ali Nimer, IRENA
L-R: Conrad Hunte and John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda

Around the Conference
Delegates from Qatar
Delegates from Laos reading the latest ENB
Participants before the morning session
Benedikt Hoskuldsson, Iceland, and Mark Halle, IISD
Kimo Goree, IISDRS, and Mariangela Rebuá, Brazil
Delegates from Eritrea
Delegates from Oman
Delegates from Mali
Delegates from Fiji
Delegates from Thailand
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Related Links
IRENA resources
*Meetings website
*Fifth Session of the Preparatory Commission for IRENA agenda
*First Session of the Assembly of IRENA

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011, 17-20 January 2011, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
*IISD RS coverage of the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference, 27-29 October 2010, New Delhi, India
*IISD RS summary report of the First High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership, 14-15 September 2010, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Global Renewable Energy Forum - “Scaling up Renewable Energy,” 7-9 October 2009, León, Mexico (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the Vienna Energy Conference 2009, 22-24 June 2009, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Global Renewable Energy Forum, 18-21 May 2008, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
*IISD RS coverage of the International Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa, 16-18 April 2008, Dakar, Senegal
*IISD RS coverage of the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008), 4-6 March 2008, Washington, DC, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the International Conference for Renewable Energies (renewables 2004), 1-4 June 2004, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS archive of meetings on climate change, and backgrounder
*Energy-L - A mailing list for news on energy policy
*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy

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*SIDS Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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