International Day of Clean Energy

The ability to diversify energy sources and enhance the research and innovation process is crucial for social and economic development and environmental sustainability. The United Nations General Assembly designated January 26 as the International Day of Clean Energy, coinciding with the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) based in the United Arab Emirates.

IRENA collaborates with numerous countries worldwide to create promising strategies and programs for transitioning to clean energy. The UAE has invested around $57 billion in domestic and international energy projects.

I want to stress that the pace of change relies primarily on promoting scientific research, fostering innovation and creativity, motivating researchers, and utilizing capabilities to bring about transformations with systems and instruments available to all people globally while aiming to lower the expenses of generating and using renewable power.

Having access to clean energy will certainly advance development in many nations globally, particularly those that lack social development initiatives, healthcare provisions, and efforts to improve the economic standing of their people.

It is also feasible to lessen the impacts of climate change, develop the ability to handle price fluctuations, and cut the expenses of generating clean power, mainly since solar and wind energy resources are pivotal for numerous developing nations. The constant enhancement in energy storage technologies has also enabled developing countries to profit from accomplishing development priorities in their countries.

Therefore, commitment and accountability from development decision-makers or those supporting development programs and their advocacy for research and development support, as well as efforts to find international partnerships, would lessen the challenges many countries face, especially around securing the necessary funding to provide clean, affordable energy at the lowest cost. It is also feasible to work on advancing and enhancing its use within a collaborative and supportive cooperation framework from developed to developing nations. Working to advance clean energy in all countries will narrow the gap between nations since everyone can access and benefit from it to improve their standard of living, thus fulfilling the aspirations of many people in the developing world.

Fatima bint Mubarak