Fiji Backs Re­new­able En­ergy Push

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Fiji is among the coun­tries at­tend­ing high-level dis­cus­sions to ac­cel­er­ate re­new­able en­ergy de­ploy­ment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emi­rates.

Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port, Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Jone Usa­mate is lead­ing Fiji’s del­e­ga­tion at the 9th As­sem­bly of the In­ter­na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (IRENA).

More than 1200 par­tic­i­pants from 160 coun­tries, in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, pri­vate sec­tor and civil so­ci­ety are try­ing to tie sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals (SDGs) and global cli­mate ob­jec­tives dur­ing the dis­cus­sions.

The 9th IRENA As­sem­bly fea­tures sev­eral key dis­cus­sions on crit­i­cal is­sues re­lated to the ad­vance­ment of re­new­able en­ergy, in­clud­ing two min­is­te­rial round­tables on “Catalysing Off-Grid Re­new­able En­ergy De­ploy­ment To­wards Uni­ver­sal Elec­tric­ity Ac­cess” and on the “Trans­for­ma­tive Im­pact of In­no­va­tion in the Re­new­able En­ergy Sec­tor”.

The As­sem­bly will also de­cide on the se­lec­tion of a new Direc­tor-Gen­eral for IRENA. IRENA’s Direc­tor-Gen­eral, Ad­nan Z. Amin, at the open­ing of the As­sem­bly stated that, “re­new­able en­ergy presents a tremen­dous eco­nomic and so­cial op­por­tu­nity to in­dus­tri­al­ized and de­vel­op­ing economies alike”. “IRENA’s al­most-uni­ver­sal mem­ber­ship is an in­di­ca­tion that re­new­able en­ergy is truly a global un­der­tak­ing and a key pol­icy pri­or­ity for coun­tries all over the world.

“Their abil­ity to nav­i­gate this tran­si­tion is strength­ened through en­gage­ment with the Agency and by bring­ing to­gether pol­i­cy­mak­ers from the whole world, the IRENA As­sem­bly pro­vides a truly unique plat­form for strength­en­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion on en­ergy trans­for­ma­tion.”

This As­sem­bly presents an op­por­tu­nity for Fiji to con­tinue the mo­men­tum set forth dur­ing its COP23 Pres­i­dency as well as fo­cus at­ten­tion on the in­te­grated na­ture of re­new­able en­ergy and cli­mate change, and more im­por­tantly the tran­si­tion ef­forts by Fiji to­wards 100 per cent de­pen­dence on re­new­able en­ergy. Ap­prox­i­mately 125 heads of states and gov­ern­ments and min­is­ters are en­gaged at this year’s As­sem­bly, mak­ing it the largest num­ber of min­is­te­rial level par­tic­i­pants the Agency has ever had.

Fiji’s Del­e­ga­tion to the ‘9th In­ter­na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (IRENA) As­sem­bly’ led by Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port, Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices, Jone Usa­mate pic­tured with the out­go­ing IRENA Direc­tor Gen­eral, Ad­nan Z. Amin (fourth from left) after the “SIDS Min­is­te­rial Light­house Ini­tia­tive 2.0” pre-as­sem­bly dis­cus­sions.

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