IRENA Council Meet on Energy Transition and Food Systems ahead of COP26

Ahead of COP26 in November this year, over 280 representatives from 96 countries will gather virtually to attend the 21st Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), next week as countries continue to calibrate energy policy in line with the achievement of sustainable development goals and a 1.5° future.

May 21, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Ahead of COP26 in November this year, over 280 representatives from 96 countries will gather virtually to attend the 21st Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), next week as countries continue to calibrate energy policy in line with the achievement of sustainable development goals and a 1.5° future. 

The 21st meeting of the Council will be held virtually on 25th and 26th May, with a special session on energy and food systems being held and live broadcast on the 24th May. H.E. Washio Eiichiro, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan will chair the Council meetings.

Speaking about the Council meet, Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, said “IRENA is the most inclusive meeting place for the global energy community. Never has the cooperation and multilateralism fostered by our governing body meetings been more consequential to the achievement of global goals. This Council will reinforce the centrality of an action-oriented global decarbonisation agenda towards COP26 and beyond, while recognising the role energy plays in achieving sustainable development.”

The organisation’s World Energy Transitions Outlook, previewed earlier this year, showed that the world of energy must be dominated by renewable power, green hydrogen, and modern bioenergy to achieve net zero goals by 2050.

IRENA said that, dramatic cost declines, enabling policies and technological innovation, position renewables as an attractive and effective way to power growth while supporting livelihoods, improving health, and fuelling the achievement of key sustainable development goals including food security.

Further, the two-day Council will be preceded by a special event entitled ‘The Energy Transition and Food Systems for Sustainable Development’ one day earlier. The discussion will address the interlinkages between renewable energy and food systems with a view to enhancing food security and accelerating the energy transition.

Meanwhile, the session will serve as a high-level platform for sharing knowledge and experiences. 

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