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World Renewable Energy Assembly
Date/Place: November 2005, Bonn
The World Renewable Energy Assembly (WREA) 2005 in Bonn/Germany adopted a communiqué, “The Human Right to Renewable Energy”, on the last day of the Assembly, November 30, 2005. The assembly, invited by the World Council for Renewable Energy of which INFORSE is a member, brought together 450 participants from parliaments, industries, NGOs, and others.
INFORSE was represented by Raymond Myles, INFORSE South Asia Coordinator, INSEDA, India.
Some highlights of the communiqué are:
• Energy is the fundamental prerequisite of every life. The availability of energy is a fundamental and indivisible human right.
• It is an experience of the 20th century that the established systems of energy supply, …, are not in a position to provide this human right to everybody.
• UN organisations and multilateral development banks were either not willing or were unable to shift their priorities towards renewable energy.
• The Kyoto Protocol falls far short of its requirements to limit climate change.
• Today and in the future, the low costs of renewables allow a sustainable, cheap and sufficient energy supply for everybody.
• Any further postponing of the transition to renewables is irresponsible.
• WREA welcomes the official plan of the new German Federal Government to take the initiative for the creation of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This initiative will be successful if its creation is …. by a group of like-minded governments…
• Our guiding model is the stimulation and promotion of local initiatives instead of waiting for any further international agreements.

More: www.wrea2005.org and www.wcre.org.