International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Fourth Assembly

The Assembly is IRENA’s ultimate decision-making authority and is made up of one representative from each Member. It convenes annually to discuss and decide upon issues such as the work programme, the budget, the adoption of reports, applications for membership and potential amendments to Agency activities. Over 1,000 participants are expected to attend IRENA’s Fourth Assembly on January 18-19 in Abu Dhabi.

Joint Opening Ceremony - Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), World Future Energy Summit (WFES), International Water Summit (IWS), EcoWASTE Exhibition

Every year, ADSW opening ceremony is attended by over 3,400 delegates including world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, business leaders, scientists, academics and media.


Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014

Every year, ADSW opening ceremony is attended by over 3,400 delegates including world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, business leaders, scientists, academics and and media.


Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards And Gala Dinner

The Zayed Future Energy Prize is a US$ 4 million annual award, established by the UAE leadership to recognise and award excellence in renewable energy and sustainability across the globe. Held in honor of the Late Founding Father of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who championed sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Prize is awarded across five categories – Large Corporation, Small Medium Enterprise, Non-Governmental Organisation, Lifetime Achievement and Global High Schools. Winners of the sixth edition will be announced at the awards ceremony, as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

International Renewable Energy Jobs Conference by IRENA

The Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, hosted by IRENA, is the first of its kind to gather experts, practitioners, academics and other stakeholders from the public and private sector to share knowledge, experiences and best practices on all aspects of renewable energy job creation.

ADSW Global Leaders’ Summit

The current shift in the global energy mix towards wider deployment of renewables is of fundamental importance for shaping the economic and social systems of the future, and for ensuring the security and supply of energy to meet ever increasing global demand. At the same time, this shift is creating new opportunities and challenges alike for many nations. The Global Leaders' Summit brings together leaders from business, technology, government and academia to advance collaboration and action on the most immediate and urgent priorities, as well as long-term imperatives.


7th World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

Held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) looks to explore how public policy, research and development, and business can benefit from the deployment of renewable energy. Through public-private partnerships, research, education and entrepreneurship, the summit has gained recognition as one of the world’s most influential gatherings in the new-energy sector. Attendees have included heads of state from China, France, South Korea, Argentina and the United Kingdom.


2nd International Water Summit (IWS)

The International Water Summit (IWS) is a unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions.

IWS brings together world leaders, field experts, academic luminaries and business innovators to accelerate the development of new strategies and technologies that will further promote sustainable water management by highlighting the needs of, and the opportunities within, the sector.


1st Ecowaste

EcoWASTE is a new exhibition that aims to become the international leading specialised event for sustainable waste management and recycling, bringing together leading local and international technology and service providers, local and regional buyers, and industry professionals from both the private and public sectors. Through its targeted exhibition and seminars, EcoWASTE will provide unrivalled opportunities to network, exchange best practices, do business, unveil new projects and source cutting-edge technologies and solutions in waste management and recycling.

The Festival @ Masdar City

The Festival @ Masdar City

The Festival @ Masdar City is one of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week’s key community engagement activities. It is organized by Masdar and hosted in Masdar City. The event is designed to inspire UAE residents to adopt more sustainable habits through fun-filled activities.

The Festival will be made up of various zones, each with a custom theme and a variety of activities aimed at educating the children and families. It will also include a mix of exhibitors showcasing home solutions for sustainable living, eco stores selling organic produce, a variety of workshops for children and teenagers to enjoy, music and entertainment for families and food stalls.

Blue Economy

Sustainable Living Expo (SLE) @ WFES

The Sustainable Living Expo (SLE) is a new initiative that promotes sustainability and resource conservation in urban areas. The SLE includes a real-sized home and a model hotel suite showcasing water and energy efficient products.


Project and Finance Village

Project and Finance Village (PFV) @ WFES

The Project & Finance Village offers the ideal platform for project developers and entrepreneurs to network with the world’s cutting edge solution providers and thought leaders. Exhibitors at WFES were able to interact with senior representatives at the Project & Finance Village given the chance to attend project presentations and discuss future business opportunities through prescheduled meetings.

TechTalk @ WFES

TechTalk is a brand new seminar concept for WFES 2014. Located on the exhibition floor, TechTalk allows companies, or speakers and participants, to present and discuss the latest industry technologies, R&D, policy developments, investment opportunities and new projects in a purpose-built environment, ideal for networking with decision makers from across MENA and beyond.

Green Careers @ WFES

Having trouble finding the right career path for you? WFES Green Career Fair can be a great ally, providing you with cost-effective, convenient and easy ways to create social and professional networking opportunities that will give you an edge over competition in your job search. WFES Green Career Fair will take you on a journey to an infinite array of career opportunities, ensuring your goals become more attainable.

Sustainable Water Solutions Village (SWSV) @ IWS

The Sustainable Water Solutions Village (SWSV) at the 2nd International Water Summit (IWS) will be themed around educating the farming community about the innovative agricultural solutions and funding options available to them.

Supported by Masdar and Khalifa Fund, it will provide sustainable alternatives to the currently prevalent agricultural practices and support the International Year of Family Farming Campaign-2014 Initiative declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

GCC Utilities Platform @ IWS

The GCC Utilities Platform brings together the regional utility providers under one roof providing an excellent opportunity for the exhibitors and attendees to initiate and develop new business opportunities with them.


Financial Times – IRENA Question Time Debate

IRENA, in partnership with the Financial Times, will host the second FT-IRENA Question Time Debate on 19 January 2014. The event will provide a timely and engaging opportunity for public and private sector leaders to discuss the pathways for doubling the global share of renewable energy by 2030.

Blue Economy

Blue Economy Summit

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the government of the Republic of Seychelles, will host the first Blue Economy Summit, to be held in Abu Dhabi on 19 and 20 January 2014. The Blue Economy concept, focusing on governance frameworks for the sustainable development of oceans and ocean-linked communities and countries, is a key component of the post-Rio global conversation. The topic will feature prominently at the United Nations Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa in 2014 and in the forthcoming Post 2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. The Summit will identify the key components needed for the sustainable development of oceans and coastal regions, framing the financing and policy priorities for both the international community and national governments.

Indian Ocean Renewable Energy Ministerial Forum

The first ministerial on renewable energy in the Indian Ocean region will take place on 21 January as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA, formerly the IOR-ARC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Energy ministers from the 26 member and partner countries of the IORA will launch new initiatives in resource assessment, cost analysis, and capacity-building. Invited representatives from the business and investment community will also provide short perspectives on sectoral development in the region.

High Level Plenary on ‘Thirsty Energy Initiative’ by World Bank

Thirsty Energy is new global initiative led jointly by the Water and Energy Units in the World Bank and will officially be launched at WFES in January 2014. It aims to support client countries in addressing the challenges of energy and water resources development, avoid unsustainable scenarios and break disciplinary silos that prevent cross-sectoral planning.

The Development of Geothermal Resources – UBI France

The event will focus on technological solutions and acquired experience with industrial stakeholders who accepted to take part in this event talking about their existing implementation as well as of research and innovation currently going on. It will address the regulatory frameworks and training efforts needed to further advance geothermal energy.

The UAE and Denmark – Partners for Global Sustainability

The United Arab Emirates and the Government of Denmark will sign a MOU outlining specific areas of collaboration, including: policy exchange to support sustainable development; commercial renewable energy development; advancing Carbon, Capture, Usage and Storage technologies, and human capital development through education and job exchanges, among other areas.

The signing ceremony will be held in the presence of His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of Denmark.

Global Renewable Energy Atlas: End User Event - IRENA

The Global Renewable Energy Atlas event will showcase the different types of potentials covered by the Atlas, including solar, wind, geothermal and bioenergy.

Financing the Africa Clean Energy Corridor - IRENA

IRENA has developed an Action Agenda for building an Africa Clean Energy Corridor. The panel discussion will focus on promising strategies for mitigating the risks and reducing the cost of financing renewable power investment in Africa.

Risk Coverage for Renewable Energy Investments – IRENA

This event, hosted by IRENA and jointly organized with the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) seeks to explore the effectiveness and potential of existing risk mitigation tools, as well as innovative approaches, with a focus on political risk and loan guarantee mechanisms at a global and regional level in an interactive panel discussion.

Renewable Energy Ministerial Roundtable – IRENA

IRENA will host a Ministerial Roundtable to highlight the activities and agenda of a high-level political alliance to advance the case of renewable energy.

World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue (WELD)

The Abu Dhabi World Energy Leaders’ Dialogue (WELD) aims to bring together global energy leaders to exchange views on critical and emerging issues facing the energy industry.

This high level invitation-only event provides an intimate forum in which participants can discuss topics such as how to best address the “energy trilemma” (trade-offs between energy security, social equity and environmental impact mitigation), during sessions on the energy-water nexus, the implications of the shale gas revolution, as well as recent developments in nuclear and renewables in the global and regional energy context.

Economics of Sustainable Development

Everyone is interested in sustainable development. But to be sustainable it needs to be delivered at a price that the end user is willing to pay. Come listen to an overview of how a developer, the municipal government, financial institutions, and the end user view the economics of sustainable development – Special case study featuring the Siemens Regional HQ at Masdar City.

China Day

Under the background that China has officially become a member of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) this year, Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) will jointly organize “China Day” with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) on January 21st, 2014, as a side event during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES). With the support from governments and through the important platform of IRENA—the only international intergovernmental organization dedicated to renewable energy, the China Day program aims to promote international collaboration between countries in the field of renewable energy by improving their understanding of renewable energy markets and potential and enhancing the communication and practical cooperation between enterprises from different countries.

The Integrated Approach for Sustainable Cities – UBI France

The event will focus on the current technological innovations being developed as part of an effort to foster solutions for the future. It will underline and put in perspective the importance of a systemic approach in order to allow for a more sober and efficient use of natural resources, while keeping the objective of making cities better places to live in.

Mary Robinson Foundation

Linking Energy and Humanity: The Role of GCC Countries in Combating Climate Change

This event provides an opportunity to engage participants at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in a discussion on the role of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in combating climate change by driving the transition to low carbon development. It will engage the private sector, political leaders, women leaders, policy makers and youth in the Climate Justice Dialogue in order to mobilise demand for an equitable people-centred climate agreement in 2015. This event will explore the role Gulf and Arab states can play in making a rapid transition to low carbon development through investment, technology, innovation, policy and financial incentives. It will also facilitate a discussion on fairness, both in terms of exposure to climate impacts and leadership on climate action. This event is undertaken as part of the Climate Justice Dialogue, an initiative of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and the World Resources Institute.

Global Sustainable Cities Network

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Masdar will host the next meeting of the Global Sustainable Cities Network, an association of Nordic and Asian countries under the Clean Energy Ministerial currently focused on policy and technology procurement in the fields of waste-to-energy and demand-side management. The three-day programme will review market and partnership opportunities through site visits and small workshops.

Grid Integration and Energy Storage - IRENA

This side event will serve to showcase the work of IRENA and its partners on the subject of grid integration and energy storage as enabling technologies for renewable energy deployment.

Grid Integration of Variable Renewables - Unlocking demand side flexibility

The IEA intends to launch this publication at a press conference on the side of the World Future Energy Summit 2014. The Executive Director of the IEA will deliver an introductory speech at the event, followed by a presentation of key insights and recommendations. A Q&A session will conclude the approximately 60-90 minute event. Register

Hybridizing Diesel Minigrids: Decentralized Energy - IRENA

IRENA, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Siemens have joined forces in a unique public-private partnership to identify what it takes to develop commercially viable business models for the operation of renewable energy mini-grids in developing countries. This interactive workshop will present the preliminary results of the ongoing assessment and address key investment criteria for private financiers.

IEA RIAB – IRENA: ‘RE Investment in the GCC’

The GCC renewable energy market has seen a dramatic shift in the last two years, with over 60 GW announced by 2032 and introduction of targets in all six member countries. Yet project implementation - and mechanisms for cost-efficient deployment - remain uncertain across the region. In this context, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Masdar, and REN21 will host a special session of key market players to review policy and commercial options for GCC governments and companies to move beyond targets.

Renewable Energy Deployment in Cities - IRENA

This workshop will build consensus around key areas of interest for deployment of renewable energy at the city level. Soliciting feedback on how to assess economically viable renewable energy deployment in cities, this workshop will pave the way for a larger event in the upcoming year.

How Do We Get Students Excited about Sustainability

Leading thinkers in Sustainability, Innovation and Education will come together and engage in an interesting discussion on ways to educate the youth on the importance of thinking and acting sustainably.


Storage: A Solution for Solar Energy – UBI France

The side-event will focus on the challenges facing energy storage, particularly in the solar industry, and on existing solutions and realisations, facilitating exchanges and debate between UAE operators, the IRENA team members working on this subject, and French industrials and research institutions. The program will also address Portable and on-site storage issues.

Global Sustainable Cities Network

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Masdar will host the next meeting of the Global Sustainable Cities Network, an association of Nordic and Asian countries under the Clean Energy Ministerial currently focused on policy and technology procurement in the fields of waste-to-energy and demand-side management. The three-day programme will review market and partnership opportunities through site visits and small workshops.

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