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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 for the Second Session of the Assembly of the
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) - 14 Jan 2012



Salvador Namburete, President of the meeting, speaking during the opening session
 



The second session of the IRENA Assembly opened on Saturday, 14 January 2012. Over 750 delegates from 73 member States, 50 signatories and states in accession, 13 other non-member states, and 70 observer organizations participated. Participants were presented with the Annual Report of the Director-General for 2011, as well as other reports related to the year’s events, and began discussions on the Proposed Work Programme and Budget for 2012. In the afternoon, a Ministerial Roundtable on the Proposed Medium-Term Strategy of IRENA was held. At the day’s end, economist Jeremy Rifkin presented on the “Third Industrial Revolution.” The Assembly will continue to discuss these and other issues on Sunday, 15 January 2012.




Daily Web Coverage - 13 January | 14 January | 15 January  

Plenary view during the opening session

Sultan Al Jaber, President of the First Session of the IRENA Assembly, addressing the delegates during the opening session
Salvador Namburete, Minister of Energy,
Mozambique, President of the meeting

Mohamed El-Farnawany, Secretary to the Governing Bodies
Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA

Henry Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands
Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and
Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the 2012 UN
Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

Delegates during the opening session
St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, UAE


Martin Hoffman, Australia, outgoing chair of the IRENA Council
Nikuta Reteta Rimon, Kiribati

Tabita Potros Teia Shoka, Sudan
Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends,
and featured speaker at the second IRENA Assembly

L-R: Gauri Singh, Director Knowledge Management and Technology Cooperation, Hugo Lucas, Director, Policy Advisory Services and Capacity Building, and Dolf Gielen, Director, Innovation and Technology Center

Lorena Lanza, Vice-Minister of Energy and Mines, Nicaragua
and Vice-President of the second IRENA Assembly

Delegates getting the day's agenda
Abu Dhabi TV news reporters


Ministerial Roundtable on the Medium-Term Strategy for IRENA


Park Hyatt Hotel, Abu Dhabi, site for the Ministerial Roundtable on the Medium-Term Strategy for IRENA

Dais during the Ministerial Roundtable on the Medium-Term Strategy for IRENA


Jeremy Oppenheim, McKinsey & Company, London
Klaus Topfer, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Mohamed El-Ashry, Renewable Energy Policy
Network for the 21st Century (REN21)
Farooq Abdullah, India


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