UAE Ratifies IRENA Headquarters, Cements Position as Renewable Energy Hub

Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:29pm EST

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates--(Business Wire)--
The UAE today announced the formal ratification of its headquarters agreement
with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), confirming IRENA`s
position as the global hub for renewable energy, and the first international
organisation headquartered in the Middle East.

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Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE's Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and
CEO of Masdar speaking at the IRENA General Assembly, 13th Jan, 2013 (Photo:
Business Wire)

The announcement was made during the first day of the annual IRENA Assembly in
Abu Dhabi, in the presence of ministers and officials from 150 countries. It
formally accords IRENA all the rights, privileges and protections of an
international organisation. 

The agreement also highlights the UAE`s emergence as a global centre of
excellence for renewable energy. Abu Dhabi is home to Masdar, the renewable
energy city, and this week is hosting thousands of industry leaders and policy
makers for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). 

"I want to thank the UAE`s leadership for their support of IRENA`s HQ
ratification, which represents a major milestone for the future of the Agency,"
said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the UAE`s Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change
and CEO of Masdar. "The UAE now has its first fully fledged international
organization - reflecting and enhancing our position as a global hub for the
energy industry." 

"The ratification of our headquarters agreement, and the presence of a record
breaking number of ministers and policy makers at the 2013 Assembly, marks
IRENA`s coming of age," said Adnan Amin, IRENA Director General. "What began as
a visionary idea in 2009 has truly taken form. The renewable energy era is upon
us." 

Note to Editors

IRENA is mandated by 159 countries and the European Union to promote the
sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, and to serve as the global hub
for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange. Formally established
in 2011, IRENA is the first major international organization to be headquartered
in the Middle East. 

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Taking place January 13-17, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will attract an
anticipated 30,000 participants from 150 countries to Abu Dhabi for what will be
the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East. A
significant platform for international dialogue and cooperation, ADSW will
tackle the world`s most pressing energy, water and environmental challenges.
ADSW will unite world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, experts,
scientists, business and academia. 

*Source: ME NewsWire

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