2024 IRENA Legislators Forum

The IRENA Legislators Forum stands as a pivotal platform for Legislators to convene and engage in dialogue, sharing insights, strategies, and best practices in advancing renewable energy agendas within their respective jurisdictions.

The energy transition stands at a defining moment, propelled by the urgent need for climate action and fuelled by the ambitious COP28 pledge to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030. However, translating ambition into reality demands concrete action, knowledge, and collaboration. The IRENA Legislators Forum plays a critical role in this journey, equipping lawmakers with the tools they need to drive progress and deliver on the promise of COP28.

To drive this change, existing electricity infrastructure should be expanded and modernised to create a new energy system fit for renewables; Legislators are in the position of promoting specific policies aiming at expanding and modernising the energy infrastructures, boosting cross-sector infrastructure planning, increasing cross-border co-operation and develop regional power grids. Similarly, education, training, re-skilling and up-skilling should be prioritised; women and under-represented groups must be empowered; and collaboration between industry, civil society, policy makers and other key stakeholders should be encouraged.

Participants of the Legislators Forum and government representatives are also invited to participate in the seventh IRENA Public-Private Dialogue and contribute to the discussion on “Building momentum towards a 100 % Renewable energy system”. The Public-Private Dialogue, held between members of the IRENA Coalition for Action (an international network of over 130 leading renewable energy players including private sector companies, industry associations, civil society research institutes and intergovernmental organisations), will take place on 16 April 2024 at 16:00 Gulf Standard Time.

Participants of the Legislators Forum will have the opportunity to engage with various Ministerial Roundtables and events occurring alongside the fourteenth session of the IRENA Assembly. While the Assembly sessions unfold, Legislators can observe the Plenary sessions proceedings from a designated overflow room, allowing them to stay informed and engaged.


Guiding Questions

  • What concrete actions can legislators take to overcome political challenges and build public support for achieving the ambitious renewable energy targets set at COP28?
  • How can policy and regulatory frameworks be designed to accelerate renewable energy investments, incentivize innovation, and enable large-scale project development in support of the COP28 pledge?
  • What infrastructure planning and development strategies are needed to ensure grid integration and reliable access to renewable energy, meeting the ambitious targets set at COP28?
  • What strategies can address skills gaps and build a workforce equipped for the clean energy transition, ensuring the human capital available to achieve the COP28 pledge?


Associated Publications

Tripling renewable power and doubling energy efficiency by 2030: Crucial steps towards 1.5°C (2023)

World Energy Transitions Outlook 2023: 1.5°C Pathway (2023)

Tracking SDG7: The energy progress report 2023 (2023)

Low-cost finance for the energy transition (2023)

The cost of financing for renewable power (2023)

Global landscape of renewable energy finance 2023 (2023)

NDCs and renewable energy targets in 2023: Tripling renewable power by 2030 (2023)

Breakthrough Agenda Report 2023 (2023)





April 16, 2024


14th IRENA Assembly St. Regis Hotel, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Participants info

Moderator: John Defterios


Charalambos Theopemptou, Member of the House of Representatives, Cyprus

Jacqueline Amongin, Member of Parliament, Uganda

Ghada Ali, Member of Parliament, Egypt

Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Member of Parliament, the Philippines