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UAE offers to host headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Mar 3, 2009 - 12:10 -

WAM CAIRO, Mar 02nd, 2009 (WAM): The United Arab Emirates has asked the Arab League to support its offer to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi.

Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Bin Hali said that the request of UAE is one of the items on the agenda of the 131st meeting of the Arab League on the level of foreign ministers. The meeting will open in the Egyptian capital on Tuesday.

IRENA came into being earlier in January this year when 75 countries, including 11 Arab countries, signed the statute establishing the Agency at a meeting held in the German capital. UAE, one of the signatories, had declared its support to the Agency at the founding conference.

Addressing the conference UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed had also stressed that Abu Dhabi can be an ideal place to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in view of the fact that the Masdar City in Abu Dhabi enjoys all the necessary capabilities to be home for such an Agency.

IRENA is the first international agency in the field of renewable energy and aims to provide necessary support to world countries to develop renewable energy for the world's future prosperity and sustainable development.

Germany and Austria also have offered to host the headquarters of IRENA and the voting will take place during the second conference of the member states due in July this year.

WAM/AB