The principal organs of the Agency are:
The Assembly is IRENA’s ultimate decision-making authority and is made up of one representative from each Member. It convenes annually to discuss and decide upon issues such as the work programme, the budget, the adoption of reports, applications for membership and potential amendments to Agency activities.
The eighth session of the IRENA Assembly will be held on 13 and 14 January 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
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First Session (2011): The first IRENA Assembly was the inaugural meeting of IRENA’s supreme governing body. It marked the official launch of IRENA as an international organization and attracted significant attention. More than 1000 participants attended the Assembly, including one head of state, over 50 ministers, 30 ministerial-level officials, 670 country delegates, 130 observers and officials, and 70 accredited media.
Second Session (2012): The second IRENA Assembly attracted more than 800 delegates and speakers representing 133 countries and 57 organisations, and including 64 ministers and other high-level officials. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon made a special address to the delegates on the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
Third Session (2013): At the third IRENA Assembly, Member States called for the Agency to continue scaling-up its work to promote renewable energy worldwide with a strengthened mission and streamlined structure. IRENA’s more than 100 Members decided that the Agency would serve as a centre of excellence, advisory resource and hub to promote and accelerate renewable energy deployment.
Fourth Session (2014): The fourth session of the Assembly took place on 18 and 19 January 2014 in Abu Dhabi. Many Member States highlighted IRENA’s increasing visibility as the global voice for renewable energy in light of its increasing membership.
Fifth Session (2015): At the fifth IRENA Assembly, more than 1000 delegates pushed for an expansion of renewable energy. Numerous reports were launched, including Renewable Power Generation Costs 2014 and Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus. “RESource”, a renewables search engine, was also launched, and five recipients of the IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Project Facility loans were announced.
Sixth Session (2016): The sixth session of the Assembly focused on several key elements to accelerate the renewable energy transition, including finance and investment, innovation and the power sector transformation. Continuing on from the solutions theme at COP21, the Assembly highlighted a portfolio of IRENA tools and resources that can help support countries, businesses and investors in scaling up renewable energy worldwide.
Seventh Session (2016): At the seventh session of the Assembly, a number of strategic and programmatic discussions took place around central themes of the Agency’s work and mandate. The discussions promoted an exchange of information and best practices among Members and experts in support of efforts to increase the uptake of renewable energy.