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GRENADA’S PARTICIPATION AT THE INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (IRENA) SECOND ASSEMBLY

Grenada was represented at the 2nd Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from January 14-15, 2012 by Dr. Hugh Sealy, Energy and Sustainable Development Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Planning, Economy, Energy & Cooperatives and Ms. Tamara Courtney, Foreign Service Officer and Desk Officer for Africa and the Middle East, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Grenada became a full member of IRENA on July 15, 2011 and is a member of the Policy and Strategy Committee.

Among matters discussed were the Work Programme and Budget for 2012 which emphasized that the priorities for 2012 encompass a focus on renewable energy, which has become an essential part of energy and sustainable discussions in international fora. It was noted that the contribution of renewable energy to the energy mix and investment sector is increasing.

The Work Programme and Budget for 2012 was developed along three (3) guiding principles:
•    Sharpening programme focus
•    Establishing partnerships and
•    Ensuring cost effectiveness

IRENA has been actively engaged in outreach activities that strategically support its mission such as the
United Nations Secretary General’s SE4ALL initiative & the International year of Sustainable Energy for All, preparations for Rio+20 and participation in the 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.

There were 139 countries represented at the Assembly.

Under the Knowledge Management and Technical Cooperation (KMTC) component, one of the three sub-programmes created by the IRENA Secretariat, a Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment is expected to be conducted in one Latin America/Caribbean country and in one Pacific Island country during 2012.  Grenada has volunteered to be assessed under this programme.

Heads of Delegations and Ministers attended to two Ministerial Roundtables where the Medium Term Strategy for IRENA and the role of the private sector were discussed.  Grenada’s delegation called for the development partners to prioritize investments in renewable energy in small island states.

The United Nations Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, addressed the Assembly at its closing session.  Grenada was selected to be a Vice-President at the Third Assembly, which is scheduled for January 13 & 14, 2013.

Source: http://www.grenadabroadcast.com



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