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IRENA convenes legislators forum on renewables

Nearly 30 legislators, selected to represent all regions of the world, met in Abu Dhabi to support the transformation of the global energy system from the policy side

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Nearly 30 legislators, selected to represent all regions of the world, met in Abu Dhabi to support the transformation of the global energy system from the policy side.

The Legislators Forum 2016, held on the eve of the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) sixth Assembly, is the first event of its kind hosted by the Agency.

The forum created dialogue between legislators on the deployment of renewables and critical elements of the energy transformation that are underway in countries around the world.

"Legislators are key actors in creating the implementing measures, like policies and programmes, that support the development of renewable energy worldwide," said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

"By creating this community of legislators who share an interest in the field of renewables, we can better support their efforts to enable renewable energy deployment in their respective countries."

"IRENA has become a truly global force in driving renewable energy policies that address the critical issues of sustainability, energy and climate change," said Dr. Amal Al-Qubaisi, President of the UAE Federal National Council.

"IRENA's leadership in developing effective policy initiatives has helped to make renewable energy a viable and mainstream energy source."

"The UAE is a key supporter of IRENA in accelerating the worldwide adoption of renewable energy, and this gathering further reinforces UAE's role as an international hub for renewable energy and a platform for dialogue," said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change.

The meeting allows participants to exchange best practices and learn from each other's experiences in creating effective renewable energy policy.

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