The agency was established in Bonn, Germany, in January 2009. To date, 136 states have signed the Statute of the Agency, including 45 in Africa, 36 in Europe, 32 in Asia, 14 in the Americas, and 9 in Australia/Oceania.
According to the agency:
"IRENA aspires to become the main driving force for promoting a rapid transition towards the widespread and sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale. As the global voice for renewable energies, IRENA envisages providing practical advice and support for both industrialised and developing countries, thereby helping to improve frameworks and build capacity. Moreover, the Agency intends to facilitate access to all relevant information, including reliable data on the potentials for renewable energy, best practices, effective financial mechanisms, and state-of-the-art technological expertise."