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Ministerial roundtable emphasises renewable energy’s role in shaping global energy security landscape

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A new report released Wednesday by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), highlights the shift towards renewable energy as a means to bolster energy independence. It emphasises that while traditional geopolitical factors like market manipulation and infrastructure disruptions still matter, their influence is likely to decrease in a renewable energy-focused context. The report suggests that transitioning to electrification and increasing reliance...

Calls on the World to expedite the delivery of renewable energy

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The Global Renewables Alliance (GRA) has called on the world to expedite the delivery of renewable energy, in line with the commitments made at COP28 last year, which aimed to triple global renewable capacity to over 11,000 gigawatts. This week the ‘Global Time for Action’ campaign was launched on the sidelines of the 14th International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly...

Tonga unveils Pacific Islands Forum theme, as other Pacific territories’ membership blocked

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It could be confused with a political campaign slogan, but this year’s theme for the 53rd Pacific Islands Forum is: Transformative, Resilient, Pasifiki: Build Better Now. The theme was launched in Tonga last week, as the Kingdom prepares to host regional leaders and their delegations in August. Tonga’s Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku Siaosi Sovaleni will chair the forum, saying this year is...

Transition to renewables calls for new approach to energy security

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Evolving concept of energy security must address energy demand, system flexibility, technology access and infrastructure development, says IRENA The transition away from fossil fuels to renewables requires a new interpretation of the concept of energy security, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published Wednesday. Geopolitics of the energy transition: Energy security outlines a multi-dimensional energy...

Perhaps the numbers aren’t looking so good for Sogavare in the Solomons

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By Terence Wood Who will emerge as prime minister from Wednesday’s elections in Solomon Islands? The prime minister doesn’t shape policy in Solomons as much as some commentators suggest. Prime ministers there are largely prisoners of political economy. Still, as I wrote on 4 April, exactly who emerges on top after the election still has some importance. The prime...

Pacific nation hosts its biggest-ever election day

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Ballots are due to be cast in one of the Pacific’s largest elections as Solomon Islanders, from the city to remote villages, choose their next national leaders. About 350,000 people are due to vote across 50 seats on Wednesday, a nationwide public holiday. For the first time, the national vote also coincides with elections for eight of the 10 local governments. Families...

IRENA Director General urges stronger partnerships for Sustainable Energy future in SIDS

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The Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Tuesday emphasised the need for strong partnerships to accelerate progress towards a resilient and sustainable energy future. In his address at the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Ministerial in Abu Dhabi as part of the 14th Session of the IRENA Assembly, Francesco La Camera said, “The progress made by SIDS...

SIDS Chair calls for action on energy transition and climate resilience

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Barbados Minister of Energy and Chair of the SIDS Ministerial at the 14th IRENA Assembly, Lisa Cummins Tuesday highlighted the significance of recent developments in climate action and energy transition during the outcome of the COP28 summit in Dubai last year. This high-level event was convened under the theme of “Charting a Resilient and Sustainable Energy Future for SIDS”. “Coming out...

IRENA DG urges lawmakers to accelerate renewable energy transition

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The Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Francesco La Camera has stressed to lawmakers the urgent need for collective action to combat climate change through renewable energy expansion. “Your presence today exemplifies the global commitment to combat climate change through the rapid expansion of renewable energy, a commitment we must reinforce with decisive and collective action. “The urgency...

Ministers and energy leaders to advance energy transition and ensure UAE Consensus moves towards implementation

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The International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) 14th Assembly kicked off Tuesday in Abu Dhabi, from 16-18 April 2024. The meetings, presided over by Rwanda, gather more than 1,300 participants from 144 countries, including Ministers, industry leaders, and CEOs to chart a strategic way forward across countries, regions, and the world, in light of the findings of the first Global Stocktake...

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