CAIRO, June 29 Member states of the
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) voted to locate
their headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt's state
news agency MENA said on Monday.
MENA said the UAE, which defeated Austria and Germany, had
seven ministers to lobby for the move at the conference in the
Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh. The meeting was attended by
129 states. It gave no further details.
IRENA, which was founded in January, has 114 members and
aims to promote a rapid transition towards the widespread
adoption of renewable energy, according to its website.
The UAE said last week it was ready to spend $136 million by
2015 to fund IRENA if its bid to host the headquarters
The world's third-largest oil exporter had said it wanted to
place itself at the forefront of developments that may shape the
future energy industry, and hosting IRENA was part of that plan.
The UAE said it plans to house IRENA in Masdar City, a
project underway to build a carbon-neutral town in the desert,
and said the IRENA headquarters would be ready by 2011.
(Writing by Aziz El-Kaissouni, Editing by Peter Blackburn)