(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) The event on the international climate action agenda began yesterday in the capital of the United Arab Emirates with a strong objective: to promote the development and use of renewable energies in order to guarantee a more efficient way of life and to fight against climate change.

The so-called Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week began yesterday, Saturday January 14th, with the 7th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at the presence of representatives of governments, public and private sector, and organizations from 150 countries at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Hotel. “The momentum of renewable energy is growing as they are the way to fight against climate change and ensure sustainable development2, Adnan Amin, the association’s general director, said to open the event that marks the beginning of the international climate action agenda .

The highest representative of IRENA added: “What is happening here these days is the essence of international cooperation”. In this regard, the president of the assembly, from Italy, Mario Giro, explained: “Today thanks to renewable energy we contribute to energy security and the construction of peace”. For this, the work of  countries should follow three themes as a guideline for action: to create more green jobs, to combat climate change and to bring renewable sources to the whole world.

As for seven years, 2017 began with this IRENA workday to mark the international work of fighting against climate change from the main change needed: end the era of fossil fuels and deepen the transition to renewable energy . In this regard, Thani Al Zeyoudi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister for Climate Change and Environment, said: “We are always proud to host such events. Renewable energy are a key element in the global energy market. Only in 2015 they grew five times more than they had done in 2014, and now they exceed the growth rate of conventional energy”.

The location chosen for this week is not accidental: UAE is known worldwide for being one of the cradles of development from fossil fuels (in fact it is located in the top 10 countries producing oil). However, in recent years, it has adopted the transition towards renewable enery as one of its main work goals.

Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, manifested: “The implementation of the Paris Agreement and the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were key to making progress, especially for vulnerable countries. The islands are suffering from climate change, and the key and necessary solution are renewable energy”.

Kathleen van Brempt, Member of the European Parliament, referred to the Forum of Legislators, which was developed in parallel the day before: “All the legislators stressed the importance of private funds to guarantee the energy transition. It is vital that renewable energy form part of other and different spheres of governments”.

The 7th edition of the IRENA Assembly continues to take place today, with intense work among the different actors to mark the next strong steps to be taken in the field of a more efficient and environmentally friendly energy system around the world.

Article published in Spanish in Conexión Coral

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