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There is an increasing recognition of the importance of focusing on just and inclusive energy transitions as countries across the globe seek to accelerate their energy transitions to meet their development and climate objectives.
Responding to a growing call among Members during the 11th session of the IRENA Assembly to address more strongly the equity and justice elements of the energy transition, the Collaborative Framework on ‘Just and Inclusive Energy Transitions’ has been established. The framework aims to bring countries and other relevant stakeholders together to identify priority areas, concrete actions and foster international collaboration to understand how to promote and support just and inclusive energy transitions.
The first meeting of the Collaborative Framework took place on 20 May 2021 at which IRENA’s Members discussed the modalities and possible initial focus areas for the framework as well as whether to open the framework to different stakeholders.
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Principles and Modalities of the Collaborative Framework on Just and Inclusive Energy Transitions and Way Forward
Members approved the following, as the Collaborative Framework’s General Guiding Principles:
- Serve as an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform that brings together public, private, intergovernmental and non-governmental actors that share a common interest in specific aspects of just and inclusive energy transitions.
- Contribute to strengthening international cooperation and collaborative approaches to address pressing challenges, seize potential opportunities and harness socio-
- economic benefits of energy transformation driven by renewables.
- Facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices.
- Foster enabling policy, regulatory, technology and financial frameworks for just and inclusive transitions.
The following modalities were discussed and agreed upon by the Members:
- Meetings of the Collaborative Frameworks will be open to all IRENA Members and States in Accession, and may involve representatives from the private sector, associations, research communities, IGOs and NGOs, among others, involved in this thematic area of work who will also be invited to participate.
- will be selected from the Membership, will coordinate the deliberations of the collaborative framework and may serve for a period of one/two years.
- The Collaborative Framework may, as needed, form a group(s) of core members to support in-depth discussions on specific topics of interest.
- The Facilitator/Co-Facilitators will normally report to one IRENA Council per year, or more as may be necessary, to inform the Membership on advances made with its workplan.