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Antiguan heads UN renewable energy committee

Ambassador Conrad Hunte has been appointed the first chairman of the IRENA’s Finance Committee, which has the task of promoting the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy.

The committee is one of the three established by the Assembly at its first session in April 2011.

IRENA was officially established in Bonn, Germany in January 2009. To date, its statute has been signed by 149 states and ratified by 73.

Among its function also is acting as the global voice for renewable energies; facilitating access to all relevant renewable energy information, including technical data, economic data and renewable resource potential data; and the sharing of experiences on best practices and lessons learned regarding policy frameworks, capacity-building projects, available finance mechanisms and renewable energy related energy efficiency measures.

“I am pleased by the confidence the IRENA representatives have displayed in me and for communicating their support to the president of Assembly during his extensive consultations on the composition of the committees in general and the Finance Committee in particular,” Hunte said.

“It is my intention to work with all members of this Committee, the IRENA Council and the Assembly to ensure that IRENA’s vision for a world where modern and effective renewable energy is accessible in all countries and becomes one of the major energy sources, is fully realised given that renewable energy plays a key role in enhancing energy security; reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change; alleviating energy poverty; supporting sustainable development, and boosting economic growth,” he added.

The Finance Committee  will meet on July 10 during the first meeting of the IRENA Council.

 

Source: Antigua Observer



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