International Renewable Energy Agency Opens Seventh Assembly

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Over 150 countries gather in global environment of falling renewable energy costs and rising deployment to accelerate global energy transition.

Government officials from more than 150 countries and leaders from international organisations, the private sector and civil society are gathering today and tomorrow in Abu Dhabi for the Seventh Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The Assembly, the Agency's ultimate decision-making authority, brings together the international community to advance the global renewable energy agenda and make concrete steps to accelerate the global energy transition and a decarbonisation of the global energy mix.
Adnan Z. Amin. Director-General International Renewable Energy Agency said in a statement said " An unprecedented transformation of our energy system is underway. Plummeting costs and rapid innovation have spurred investments that are positioning renewable energy solutions at the centre of energy discussion today"

Highlights of this year's Assembly include: two ministerial roundtables covering innovation in the power sector and catalysing off-grid renewable energy deployment for development; programmatic discussions on scaling-up private sector renewable energy uptake.

The Assembly will also feature the launch of 'REthinking Energy 2017' which examines the latest trends in renewable energy and the dramatic changes in the energy sector in many countries.
"The speed and scale of the energy transformation calls for, more than any time before, a strengthening of global cooperation, through concrete action and initiatives, to grapple with the multiple changes and challenges ahead," added Mr. Amin

The Assembly also marks the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and preceeds the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a global gathering of of energy leaders and decision makers.