The Alliance for Rural Electrification calls for an inclusive and powerful International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

On 29 and 30 June 2009 the preparatory commission of the International Renewable energy Agency (IRENA) will meet in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) to decide on IRENA's work program, the interims headquarters and interims Director General.

On 29 and 30 June 2009 the preparatory commission of the International Renewable energy Agency (IRENA) will meet in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) to decide on IRENA's work program, the interims headquarters and interims Director General. "In Sharm El Sheikh, IRENA members will take decisions of strategic importance. IRENA must become an inclusive organization which effectively tackles energy poverty in developing countries" underlines Ernesto Macías, President of the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).




"IRENA can only succeed if it reaches out to the private sector, civil society and the research community" stresses Macías. IRENA faces the challenge of becoming a powerful intergovernmental organization of the 21st century. IRENA must set up working procedures and communication tools which foster the development of real world solutions for real world problems. IRENA has the potential to become a driving force of the global community of all those who promote renewable energy.



"IRENA should not only address environmental but also development concerns. Its work programme must reflect the enormous challenge of bringing electricity to 1,6 billion people" underlines Macías. Renewable energy lends itself for decentralized electricity generation in developing countries. Rural electrification must therefore become a major pillar of IRENA's activities.



IRENA's Director General will play a major role in shaping the organizational structure, culture and working procedures. "For this challenging task IRENA is in need of an internationally known and respected personality with excellent communication skills and an in depth knowledge about technologies and policies" said Macías. The Director General should have a proven track record of effectively working together with policymakers, the private sector, civil society and the research community. We urge IRENA's members to select a convincing personality who can safeguard a successful starting phase of IRENA.



The Alliance for Rural Electrification is an international organization which promotes and provides efficient renewable solutions for access to energy and energy security in developing countries. Its members are companies and institutions from the renewable energy sector. The Alliance attracts and unites all relevant actors in order to speak with one voice about rural electrification with renewable energies; generates technical and financial solutions about renewables in developing countries and communicates and advocates for rural electrification using RES

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