PIDF Becomes Observer With International Renewable Energy Agency

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IRENA status ‘another avenue to assist the Pacific’ with energy needs

By Tevita Vuibau

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Jan. 21, 2015) – The Pacific Islands Development Forum says their admission as an observer with the International Renewable Energy Agency provides (IRENA) another avenue to assist the Pacific with its quest for greater use of renewable energy and increased energy efficiency.

IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.

It serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.

And during the fifth session of the IRENAs Assembly on January 17-18 in the United Arab Emirates the Assembly voted to grant Observer status to the PIDF.

"Since January 2012, when IRENA hosted a Pacific Leaders Forum from 11 Pacific Island Countries and Territories in Abu Dhabi, IRENA had worked closely with the Pacific to identify gaps and produce innovative, practical and island-specific solution, PIDF Secretary General Feleti Teo said.

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