In recognition of shared goals, ideals and interests, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) entered into a formalized co-operative relationship with the signing of an agreement at the conclusion of Renewables 2004 in Germany.Bonn, Germany – June 11, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The signing, which took place within the framework of the International Conference on Renewable Energies, was enacted by Dr. Yogi Goswami, President of ISES, and Dr. Preben Maegaard, President of WWEA, at the new International Headquarters of WWEA in Bonn. “The formalization of the co-operative and mutually supportive relationship that ISES has had with WWEA for several years now could not come at a better time,” Goswami said. “Transitioning to a renewable energy future requires close integration and co-ordination of various technologies, policies and strategies. And that transition needs organizations actively supporting renewable energy at a global level to work closely together to achieve the end result we are all working towards – a sustainable energy future.” Maegaard stresses the strategic political importance of combining the two entities. “Close alliances between the global non-governmental renewable energy association are very important for the broadest possible proliferation of renewable energy technologies,” Maegaard said. “There is still quite a long way to go and we appreciate very much that we can bundle our efforts to achieve jointly our common target, a 100 % renewable energy supply. Jointly we will even better be able to represent the renewable energies when dealing with governments as well as with existing and future international organizations.” The agreement focuses on closer co-operation between the two organizations in a number of key areas, including conferences, projects and shared representation. But it also lays the foundation for concerted, long-term co-operation between ISES and WWEA. The signing of the agreement within the framework of the Renewables2004 conference was meant to underline the importance both organizations attribute to multilateral activities with a focus on renewable energy. “Governments are key to the wide scale implementation of renewable energy,” Goswami said. “Through the policies they espouse today their success in the transition towards sustainability and energy independence in the middle to long term is determined.” WWEA represents wind energy organizations from 55 countries on all continents. It works for the complete substitution of all fossil and nuclear sources by renewable energies with wind energy as one cornerstone by advising national governments and international organizations (UN-accredited). ISES is a UN-accredited Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) and a longstanding member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It has offices in more than 50 countries, and is headquartered in Freiburg, Germany. The Society was founded in 1954, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its Solar World Congress in Florida, USA in August 2005.