IRENA and UNIDO strengthen collaboration on energy, climate change and sustainable development

IRENA and UNIDO strengthen collaboration on energy, climate change and sustainable development

NEW YORK, 23 September 2019 - The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are jointly scaling up efforts to support an energy transformation through the widespread adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy.

A joint declaration was signed by LI Yong, UNIDO’s Director General and Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, on the margins of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit currently taking place in New York. As part of the declaration, the two organizations confirmed their intent to work together on renewable energy, access to energy, rural electrification, climate change, and sustainable development in developing countries and emerging economies globally.

 “Supporting sustainable energy pathways is critical to realising the goals of the Paris Agreement, achieving universal energy access and supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. Collaboration between UNIDO and IRENA will serve to amplify the impact of our individual efforts,” expressed LI Yong of the joint declaration.

“Renewable energy is a key climate action tool and an important contributor to the achievement of the 2030 sustainable development goals, particularly SDG7 – the provision of affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” said Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA. “This agreement will intensify our joint efforts to unlock renewable energy investment and substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix,” said Francesco La Camera, IRENA’s Director-General.

Scaling-up renewable energy investments in developing and emerging markets is a key aspect of transforming energy systems. As such, the two organizations have agreed to work on providing access to project facilitation, capacity building, support in implementing technical standards and quality infrastructure for renewable energy systems, technical assistance and project development support to advance projects towards financial closure and implement joint outreach activities to support the development of bankable renewable energy projects with the IRENA Project Navigator.

IRENA and UNIDO will also strengthen actions to scale-up integrated and inclusive sustainable energy technology markets at the sub-regional level, through the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (in which UNIDO partners with sub-regional economic communities/organisations and their Members States), as well as through IRENA’s Clean Energy Corridors.

About IRENA: International Renewable Energy Agency (hereinafter “IRENA”) is the global intergovernmental organisation with 160 Members (159 States and the European Union) and 23 additional countries in the accession process, mandated to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy and to support countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.

About UNIDO: The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is the specialized agency of the United Nations with the primary responsibility in promoting and accelerating inclusive and sustainable industrial development through cooperation on global, regional, and national as well as sectoral levels. UNIDO helps countries, among other things, to increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 of providing affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.