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July 28, 2010

The International Renewable Energy Agency Gets Global Status

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced on July 8 that it had become a fully-fledged organization, 18 months after it was established. Under its charter, IRENA would become a recognized entity 30 days after the 25th government ratified its statute. The agency promotes the widespread and increased adoption and the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. Founded in January 2009 with 75 member states, IRENA has grown this month to include 149 members with 31 having ratified the charter. All United Nations' members are eligible to join. The agency's mandate is to help its members define their strategies across the fields of all renewable energies, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar, and wind. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which is committed to achieving 7% renewable energy by 2020, has been the headquarters of IRENA since June 2009. The organization will develop an assembly, a council, and a secretariat as it evolves. See the IRENA press release.