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REN21 welcomes its partnership with the South Korean Government to host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). With Asia as the fastest growing region in the world, it will require increasing energy supplies to fuel its rapid pace of economic expansion. The considerable renewable energy resources in the region can go a long way to meeting expanding demand. Renewables also present an opportunity for the region to achieve a globally important position in the renewable energy market, and become a cornerstone of the sustainable, green economy of the future.

KIREC Seoul 2019 will be the first IREC where the national and city governments work to define a joint agenda. Cities are central driving the energy transformation. Local governments have legislative and purchasing power that they can use to implement change in their own operations and in the wider community, becoming beacons for change. Local implementation can support national policies thus ensuring vertical policy integration which essential to the renewable energy transformation.

The IRECs provide a multi-stakeholder platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to address jointly the goal of advancing the renewable energy transformation. REN21 is proud to partner with South Korea on this international event. We look forward to welcoming you in Seoul, South Korea, 23-25 October 2019.