First Preparatory Conference

From 10 to 11 April 2008, the German Federal Government hosted the Preparatory Conference for the Foundation of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. 170 participants from 60 countries attended and discussed the possible objectives, activities, organisation and finance of an IRENA.

The meeting took place at a critical juncture – as the world is facing both a growing energy demand and the necessity to limit global warming. The conference participants shared a sense of urgency to switch to a more secure, low-carbon energy system without undermining economic and social development. They agreed that renewable energy has to play an important role in this energy revolution.

The German Government is encouraged by the support expressed at the conference. It will take the initiative to further consult with the governments of all the participants assembled here and other countries who might want to join the process.

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