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Cablegate: Subject: Formal Invitations to Attend The

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SUBJECT: SUBJECT: FORMAL INVITATIONS TO ATTEND THE
WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY
(WIREC) MARCH 4-6, 2008

REF: A) STATE 138428 B) STATE 80334

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ACTION REQUESTS
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1. Action Requests: Ambassador or appropriate senior
embassy official is requested to deliver the text in
paragraph 4 as a letter over Post Official's signature
to either the host government's Foreign minister or,
if known, the host government's designated Minister-level
head of official delegation to WIREC 2008. Post at its
discretion may cc other ministers who have indicated an
interest in attending WIREC. Post is asked to confirm
delivery of the letter via return cable. Please include
name and contact information for post's WIREC POC in the
response cable.

2. Post is requested to inform the Host government that
Official Individual Country Ministerial-level delegations may
consist of a maximum of 10 individuals per country, composed
of
up to three Ministers, including the Ministers of Foreign
Affairs, Energy, Agriculture, or Environment (or the
equivalent
Ministers covering those portfolios) and three subnational
government representatives. We defer to Tunisia's Minister
of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to determine their country's precise
makeup of the 'Official WIREC Ministerial Delegation,' as
well
as to inform us of their 'Head of Delegation,' assuming more
than one Minister-level delegate is part of the official
delegation. However, we appreciate Embassy engagement with
the
MFA to ensure that the delegation is comprised of appropriate
Ministers and subnational government representatives.

3. Post is requested to inform the host governments that
each
member of the delegation must submit an individual
registration
form to confirm attendance at WIREC 2008. Official delegates
may register for the conference via the internet at http://
www.usea.org/WIREC/official party registration pub 0001.pdf.

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TEXT OF LETTER
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4. Begin text of the letter:

Dear Mr./Madam Minister: (or other appropriate salutation)

The U.S. State Department will host the Washington
International
Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008) in Washington on
March
4-6, 2008. WIREC 2008 is the third global ministerial-level
event on renewable energy after Bonn in 2004 and Beijing in
2005. WIREC will serve as a global platform for ministers
And senior leaders from the private sector, sub-national
governments, and civil society to discuss and share
information about the benefits of renewable energy,
identify best practices and barriers, and consider
policy options and measures needed to encourage the rapid
development of renewable energy in their countries.

I am pleased to invite (insert name of country) to send an
official delegation to WIREC 2008. Approximately 2,000
delegates will participate in the three-day conference at
the Washington Convention Center, and we envision
participation
by U.S. Cabinet secretaries and senior White House officials.

In the spirit of the International Action Program that was
agreed to at the Bonn Conference, I am inviting your
government
to consider making a voluntary national pledge at WIREC to
accelerate the deployment of renewable energy in your country.
The consolidation of national governments' pledges, as
well as pledges from other major stakeholders (sub-national
governments, international organizations, the private sector,
civil
society, and multi-stakeholder partnerships) will be one of
the
major outcomes of WIREC.

I look forward to your official delegation's active
participation
in WIREC 2008.

Sincerely,
(insert name of Ambassador or appropriate senior
embassy official)

End text.

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DEADLINE
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5. Post is asked to deliver the formal invitation letter
to the minister who has been designated to head the official
delegation, if known, or, if a head of delegation has not
been decided, to the foreign minister, no later than OOB
Thursday, February 14. Response cables should be slugged
for OES for WIREC Action Group Leader Stan Specht and OES
Special Assistant Camille Hill.

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POC FOR QUESTIONS
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6. For additional information about WIREC 2008, contact
OES' WIREC Action Group Leader Stan Specht (OES/PCI) at
SpechtSH@state.gov and consult the official WIREC website
at www.wirec2008.gov.
RICE

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