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Prime Minister leads Tonga’s delegation to third IRENA General Assembly

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7 January 2013, The Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga will be represented at the 3rd General Assembly of the IRENA by a delegation led by the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano. The delegation will leave Tonga this week for the UAE, consists of the TERM Director, Mr. ‘Inoke F. Vala, Tonga’s Renewable Energy Advisor ‘Akau’ola, and the CEO for Commerce and Tourism, Mr. Tatafu Moeaki. The accompanying party will also include the Acting Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Mr. ‘Aholotu Palu and the Prime Minister’s spouse, Lady Robyn Tu’ivakano.


High-level support for small islands

Energy is a fundamental requirement for the Kingdom in its social and economic development and in enhancing the livelihood and wellbeing of all Tongans. Accessible, affordable and sustainable electricity that is environmentally friendly and commercially viable has always been a Government priority.
Having recognized the importance of achieving this  target of 50% electricity reduction through the use of renewable sources, Tonga signed on to the IRENA Council in 2010.  Since then, it continues its commitment to a strong advocacy role on the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (‘IRENA') and the critical work that the Agency does in pursuing a more secure and sustainable energy path.  IRENA's wide range of expertise has been invaluable in helping the Kingdom of Tonga plan for the future.
In addition to providing high-level support for Pacific Islands like Tonga, IRENA helped deliver the Off Grid component of the TERM (Tonga Energy Roadmap), as well as giving essential guidance on policies and finance mechanism.


Third General Assembly of the IRENA
The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will commence with the 3rd session of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) General Assembly on the 13th & 14th of January 2013, It will be followed by events that will take place throughout the week.
The International Renewable Energy Agency General Assembly is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to renewable energy with primary objective to promote the widespread and increased adoption and the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy.
First founded on 26 January 2009 in Germany by 75 states which signed its Statute, the IRENA became a fully established international organisation on April 2011 at its inaugural Assembly which now is headquartered in Abu Dhabi. To date, Tonga is one of the 158 states and the European Union who are signatory members of the IRENA.


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Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku’alofa, 2013

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