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Ministers, high-level representatives from the business sector and top UN and multilateral agency officials are gathering in Abu Dhabi for the first time after the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December to discuss the implications of the historic Paris Agreement.

On 16-17 January, government officials from over 150 countries and representatives from the private sector, civil society and international organizations will convene for the 6th assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

This year’s Assembly will focus on the critical role of renewable energy in combating climate change and meeting other Sustainable Development Goals.

IRENA analysis shows that scaling up deployment to achieve a 36 per cent share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 can provide roughly half of the emissions reductions needed to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, while energy efficiency can provide the rest.

The IRENA Assembly is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (running to 23 January), which is one of the world's largest annual gatherings in sustainability and renewable energy.

18 January: Abu Dhabi Global Action Day

A special high-level event during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week - Global Action Day - will be held on 18th January to take stock of COP 21 outcomes with a particular focus on identifying pre-2020 actions that can be taken by both the public and private sectors.

The event will be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, French Foreign Minister and COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, UAE Minister of State and Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Ministers from Morocco (host of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP 22) and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.

UNFCCC Chief Briefing

Also on 18 January, Ms. Figueres will brief the press about the implications of COP 21 and the next steps to achieve ratification and full and effective implementation of the agreement. The press briefing will take place at 1:30 pm local time in Capital Suite 10 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company.

The briefing is the first UNFCCC press conference after the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

On the same day, Ms. Figueres will attend the awards ceremony of the Zayed Future Energy Prize as jury member. The award celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability.

Media contacts:
Nick Nuttall, UNFCCC Spokesperson | nnuttall@unfccc.int | Mobile: +49 152 0168 4831 (on-site in Abu Dhabi)

About the UNFCCC

With 196 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties. For the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, 37 States, consisting of highly industrialized countries and countries undergoing the process of transition to a market economy, have legally binding emission limitation and reduction commitments. In Doha in 2012, the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol adopted an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes the second commitment period under the Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.

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