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Climate Change Policy & Practice
Second Session of the Assembly of the
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
and IRENA's High-Level Pacific Leaders Meeting

13-15 January 2012 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)


Highlights of IRENA's High-Level Pacific Leaders Meeting - 13 Jan 2012


The Pacific Leaders Meeting, a high-level meeting on renewable energy organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), was held on 13 January 2012, immediately preceding the second session of the IRENA Assembly, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The event gathered Heads of State, Ministers, agency Directors, and other high-level members of government of 11 Pacific Island States to discuss the acceleration of renewable energy uptake in the Pacific.

Pacific Islands face numerous socioeconomic challenges, many of which stem from energy scarcity, energy price volatility and climate change, which in turn stems largely from fossil fuel emissions. It has been recognized that diversifying energy production in the region, especially towards more widespread domestic use of renewable energy, can play an important role in alleviating many of these challenges by reducing dependence on imported, dirty fossil fuels.

This meeting followed up on a meeting that took place in Sydney, Australia, on 26-28 October 2011, called Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands. This meeting gathered states, development partners, inter-governmental and regional organizations, as well as industry to identify specific needs and challenges in renewable energy technology deployment in the Pacific.

At the conclusion of the Pacific Leaders Meeting, participants adopted the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Accelerating Renewable Energy Uptake for the Pacific Islands, which recognizes the vast, underutilized potential for renewable energy in the Pacific region, outlines necessary steps to realize this potential, and in this light, agrees to work jointly to establish an enabling environment for renewables in the region.


Adnan Amin, Director General, IRENA, speaking at the reception following the Pacific Leaders Meeting
 


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Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Reenewable Energy Agency (IRENA), welcomed leaders and delegates of the Pacific Island countries to the meeting

Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA
Sultan Al Jaber, President of the First
Session of the IRENA Assembly

Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
Solomone Fifita, Deputy Director for Energy,
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)


Chair Henry Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands
Foua Toloa, Head of Government, Tokelau

Jackson Ngiraingas, Minister of Public
Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce, Palau
Faamoetauloa Taito Faale Tumaalii, Minister of
Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa


Sprent Dabwido, President, Nauru
Halene Kupa Magatogia, Minister of Power and Energy, Niue

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister, Fiji
Atatoa Herman, Associate Minister of the Environment, Cook Islands


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