New York, 25 August 2023 (TDI): The United Nations (UN) has officially designated January 26th as the International Day of Clean Energy, aligning it with the founding date of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2009.

This decision is of great significance, as it reinforces the global commitment to advancing a fair energy transition.

The resolution to establish this day received co-facilitation from the United Arab Emirates and Panama, highlighting the collaborative effort behind this initiative.

The creation of the International Day of Clean Energy by the UN underscores the importance of inclusivity in the pursuit of clean energy solutions.

It provides a dedicated occasion to showcase innovations and progress that can accelerate the achievement of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

This move symbolizes a broader recognition of the pivotal role IRENA has played since its inception in 2009 in expediting the worldwide transition to renewable energy.

IRENA, in response to the UN resolution, has enthusiastically endorsed it, viewing it as a significant step towards realizing a fair and inclusive energy transition.

Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, expressed his appreciation for the UN and its Member States, particularly the UAE and Panama, for their role in co-facilitating the resolution.

He emphasized that the International Day of Clean Energy highlights how the energy transition has become a central focus in addressing climate change, enhancing well-being, and driving systemic changes for increased energy accessibility, reduced disparities, and resilient economies and societies.

This initiative by the UN provides a platform for both traditional and non-traditional actors to showcase their contributions to affordable, dependable, and sustainable modern energy systems.

It collectively advances progress toward the 2030 sustainable development agenda and reiterates the world’s commitment to universal clean energy access and the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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With the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) approaching in Dubai, the UN resolution underscores the urgent need for a coordinated global approach to address energy challenges.

It aligns with IRENA’s 1.5°C scenario and the COP28 agenda, emphasizing the imperative to increase the share of renewable and clean energy sources by 2030 to facilitate an equitable and sustainable energy transition.

IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook underscores the necessity to triple the annual addition of renewable power capacity, moving from approximately 300 gigawatts (GW) to an average of 1000 GW by 2030 on a global scale.