Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

15 January 2022

Secretary-General's video message to the Twelfth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Watch the video: https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/video/evergreen/MSG+SG+/SG+7+Jan+22/2700231_MSG+SG+IRENA+07+JAN+22.mp4

I am pleased to take part in this Twelfth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

I salute your theme: “Energy Transition: From Commitments to Action”.

The High-Level Dialogue on Energy -- as well as COP26 -- created opportunities for progress.

But promises must be translated into meaningful change in people’s lives.

IRENA is well positioned to support countries -- especially the most vulnerable – in this effort. 

You are creating energy transition pathways to advance the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

But we must go even farther and much faster to close the energy access gap and keep the 1.5 degree goal of the Paris Agreement alive.

This Assembly brings together Ministers of Energy as well as all other vital stakeholders in the energy landscape. 

It offers a unique opportunity to shape the global energy discourse and to drive investments towards an inclusive and job-rich recovery, including by investing in re-skilling programmes for the growing green economy.

We know what’s needed. 

A tripling of renewable energy capacity this decade.

Phasing out coal in OECD nations by 2030 and 2040 for the rest of the world.

Putting a price of carbon and ending fossil fuel subsidies.

Ensuring support for a just transition.

That’s why I am calling on governments, public and private finance, and the private sector with the technological know-how to form coalitions in support of the energy transition of developing countries.

The technological and financial solutions and tools are all available.

By investing in a renewable energy future, we can support pandemic recovery and build resilient societies and sustainable and inclusive economies.

Let’s keep moving our world from commitments to urgent action for a better future for all. 

Thank you.