The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
On January 26, 2009.
IRENA seeks to make an impact in the world of renewable energy by maintaining a clear and independent position, providing a range of reliable and well-understood services that complement those already offered by the renewable energy community and gather existing, but scattered, activities around a central hub.
IRENA is uniquely positioned to bring together these different constituencies. It serves as the convening platform to advance the widespread adoption and use of renewable energy, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding a sustainable future.
The Statute of IRENA stipulates that membership in the Agency is open to those States that are members of the United Nations and to regional intergovernmental economic integration organisations,willing and able to act in accordance with the objectives and activities laid down in the Statute.
Currently,IRENA has 161 Members.