Signing of the Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

June 29, 2009

  1. The 2nd session of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was held today (June 29) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended as Head of delegation of the Japanese Government, and signed the Statute of IRENA which provides for the founding of the agency.
  2. IRENA is a new international organization devoted to spreading renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, etc.). Its planned principal activities include analyzing, understanding, and systemizing renewable energy applications, providing advice on policy, and giving aid to developing countries for capacity building.
  3. Japan places great importance on the development and spread of renewable energy as a method of contributing to strengthening energy security and realizing a low-carbon society. Japan has been actively involved in international cooperation related to energy and climate change, including assistance such as installing solar panels through implementation of the Cool Earth Partnership. Through the promotion of development and spread of renewable energy, Japan will continue to play a vital role in international cooperation in this field. Japan will continue to participate in international activities in the field of energy and climate change, mindful of the international competitiveness of Japanese industries, signature of this Statute will be an important step in this process.


   The Founding Conference of IRENA was held in Bonn on January 26, 2009, and was attended by representatives of 124 countries and the European Commission (EC). At the Conference 75 countries signed the Statute. As of 16:20 June 29, 129 countries have signed. The Statute will enter into force with ratification of 25 Signatory States.