The IRENA Council is composed of 21 Member States elected for a two-year term and is accountable to the Assembly. Council members serve on a rotating basis to ensure the effective participation of both developing and developed countries and a fair and equitable geographical distribution. The Council’s responsibilities include facilitating consultation and cooperation among IRENA Members and reviewing the draft work programme, draft budget and annual report.
IRENA’s thirteenth Assembly elected the following countries to serve on the Council in 2023:
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Rwanda, Spain, Tonga, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Honduras, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Togo, Uganda and Uruguay act as alternates.
Two committees currently assist the Council in its work:
- Administration and Finance Committee
Members: Antigua & Barbuda, China, Egypt, Germany, Maldives, Nigeria, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and United States of America
- Programme and Strategy Committee
Chair: United States of America
Members: Algeria, Antigua & Barbuda, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, and United States of America