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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyJapan was Designated as Chair of the Fifth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

On January 19, 2014, the Fourth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was held and Japan was designated as chair of the Fifth Assembly, to be held in January 2015.

1. Outline of the designation

On January 19, 2014, the Fourth Assembly of IRENA was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Japan was designated as chair of the Fifth Assembly, to be held in January 2015.

In response, through serving as chair, Japan will endeavor to further enhance the cooperative relationship with IRENA and proactively contribute to disseminating renewable energy and promoting the sustainable use of such energy.

2. Outline of IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an international organization officially launched in April 2011, aiming to disseminate and promote the sustainable utilization of renewable energy. IRENA conducts various efforts concerning renewable energy, ranging from analyzing, ascertaining, and systemizing information concerning utilization of such energy and providing political advice to supporting the capacity building of IRENA member countries.

As of January 2013, there are 122 countries and the European Union (EU) as IRENA members. The main members include Japan, the U.S., UAE, Germany, France, Spain, Mexico, India, the ROK, Australia, Switzerland, and Denmark. The IRENA Secretariat’s headquarters is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The Assembly, for which Japan has been elected as chair, is IRENA’s ultimate decision-making authority, and it holds annual meetings in Abu Dhabi. At the meeting, members discuss and adopt important matters, including the budget, plans of activities and election of members of the Council.

For details of IRENA, please visit the following website:
http://www.irena.org/home/index.aspx?PriMenuID=12&mnu=Pri External Site Link

Release Date

January 20, 2014

Division in Charge

International Affairs Office, Policy Planning Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Related Information

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