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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Renewables and Islands Global Summit

6-7 September 2012 | Malta
Highlights for Friday, 7 September 2012
IRENA

On 7 September, the final day of the IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit, participants reconvened in a morning session and heard presentations on best practices and challenges in deploying renewable energy in islands. Presentations showcased experiences from Denmark, Iceland, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Galapagos Islands, French island territories, Grenada and Tonga. IRENA presented IRENA’s Renewables Readiness Assessments.

In an afternoon session moderated by Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Rio+20, participants discussed and adopted the Malta Communiqué on accelerating renewable energy uptake for islands, which includes proposed actions for future IRENA assistance to islands.

In the closing remarks, George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta, congratulated delegates on the successful meeting and praised their action-oriented participation and collaborative spirit. Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, said the meeting reflected IRENA’s approach of encouraging wide participation and thanked island and non-island state participants for their engagement. He noted that the experiences shared during the Summit show that island states can lead the way in transformational change supported by renewable energy. The Summit closed at 5:11 PM.

A summary of the meeting will be available on 10 September 2012.

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Night view of the Grand Harbour and the Saluting Battery in Valletta, Malta.
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Showcasing Islands Solutions: Best Practices and Challenges in Deploying Renewable Energy
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From L-R: Søren Hermansen, Denmark;Jose Brito, Cape Verde; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Alpidio Armas González, Spain; Benedikt Höskuldsson, Iceland, during the session.

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Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, moderated the session.
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Alpidio Armas González, Spain
David Pérez Méndez-Castrillón, Spain
Søren Hermansen, Denmark
Benedikt Höskuldsson, Iceland
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Delegates discsussing before the start of the second day.
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Delegates enjoying their coffee break by the Mediterranean sea.
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Delegates conversing.
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Participants networking during coffee break.
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From L-R: Gauri Singh, IRENA; Raymond Nurse, Grenada; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Nicolas Buriez, EDF; Pablo Carvajal, Ecuador, during the session.

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Raymond Nurse, Grenada
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Pablo Carvajal, Ecuador
Nicolas Buriez, EDF
Gauri Singh, IRENA explained IRENA’s Renewables Readiness Assessments
Inoke Vala, Tonga
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Delegates discussing.
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Delegates conversing during lunch break.
Discussion on the Malta Communiqué
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From L-R: Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Rio+20; George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta

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George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta
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Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Rio+20, moderated the session.
Julian Robinson, Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Jamaica
Javad Amin-Mansour, Iran
Jackson Ngiraingas, Minister for Public Infrastructure, Industries and Commerce, Palau
Karsten Sach, Germany
Andrew Jean-Louis, Seychelles
Robert Ichord, United States
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