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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and a number of heads and representatives The friendly countries, yesterday, Monday, the official opening of the “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week”, the global platform concerned with accelerating the pace of sustainability, at the headquarters of the Dubai Exhibition Center at “Expo 2020 Dubai”.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed the leaders and experts as they met in the UAE to discuss sustainability issues and challenges and ways to broaden the horizons of dialogue and intensify and combine efforts to reach solutions that move the world towards building a more sustainable future for future generations.
His Highness stressed the importance of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week as the first specialized global gathering to be held after the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “COP-26” and pave the way for the (COP28) conference, which will be hosted by the UAE in 2023 in an important achievement that reflects the country’s leadership in the field climate action.
His Highness pointed out that holding the week this year as part of the Expo 2020 Dubai events provides an opportunity for the convergence of global expertise and competencies at Expo with policy makers and experts who meet through the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week platform, which would stimulate constructive dialogue and push global efforts towards implementing innovative solutions that contribute In promoting sustainable development and taking practical measures to address urgent sustainability challenges.
His Highness stressed that the UAE, through the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God protect him, was and still is one of the pioneer countries in the field of climate action and energy transformation and the adoption of renewable energy as a future solution to reduce environmental repercussions and their impact on the lives of people and planet health; The country has confirmed this continuous commitment through the construction of some of the largest and most innovative clean energy projects. These efforts culminated in the launch of its strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, revealing a real desire to establish a zero-emissions future.
The opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week at Expo 2020 Dubai was attended by H.H. Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Council Executive Director of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and a number of senior officials.
Invitation to work together
The opening began with the playing of the national anthem of the UAE, followed by a short film on international cooperation and concerted efforts to confront global challenges, especially those related to climate change and sustainable development.
The film included excerpts from speeches by country leaders, experts and prominent international figures who called for strengthening collective action to reduce the repercussions of climate change and advance sustainable development.
During his speech during the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of South Korea, thanked the United Arab Emirates for hosting and inviting them to participate in the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and said: “As the first event of its kind to be held after the Climate Conference ( COP 26) Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week comes as a new starting point towards achieving climate neutrality, and to provide a platform to unify and strengthen efforts. This event is of great importance with the selection of the UAE to host the Climate Conference (COP 28) in 2023, which constitutes a significant achievement for the UAE in its path to the fiftieth year. next year. The UAE is an important center for sustainable development in the Middle East and abroad, and its efforts in this field are appreciated and respected.”
The Korean president added: “Last year, the UAE became the first country in the Middle East to commit to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. In 2020, Korea announced its commitment to the same goal, while the two countries committed to reducing dependence on methane by 30%. percent by 2030.. The UAE and Korea act as strategic partners in several areas, including construction, oil field development, national defense, agriculture, health, and others.. This cooperation is an indication of the depth of relations that unite our two countries.. In order to achieve a sustainable future, it aspires Korea seeks more fruitful cooperation with the UAE and builds an economy based on hydrogen, which is a new source with promising potential and supports trends aimed at achieving climate neutrality.”
Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Masdar, delivered a speech in which he welcomed their Highnesses Sheikhs, presidents, ministers and guests of the summit, praising the support of the rational leadership for the clean and sustainable energy sector.
He pointed out that the UAE was a pioneer in investing in the field of renewable energy more than 15 years ago, and our wise leadership adopted a forward-looking vision that proved correct. The country currently owns three of the largest and least expensive solar power plants in the world.
Dr. Sultan Al-Jaber stressed the need to benefit from the various expertise within the energy sector to find the climate solutions we need, and that we must always remember that our goal is to reduce emissions, not stop growth, progress and development.
He touched on the Zayed Sustainability Prize and its role in promoting global sustainability efforts; As it has had a positive impact on more than 370 million people in more than 150 countries, he said: The new winners of the award have contributed to providing clean energy to dozens of health care facilities across Asia and Africa, and their efforts have resulted in strengthening efforts to confront the (Covid-19) pandemic. And many other diseases.
As the first major international event in the field of sustainability to be held after the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-26), Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week attracts a distinguished group of leaders and experts interested in climate change, including state leaders, policy makers, sustainability experts and technology pioneers. In addition to a number of young leaders in this field.
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2022 focuses on taking effective steps and actions in three areas, including international cooperation and leadership, economic development, and technology and innovation.
The objectives of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week are in line with the “Fifty Principles” document, which constitutes the strategic path of the UAE during a new era and reflects the state’s vision and its keenness to promote development efforts in various economic, political and social fields.
As one of the largest gatherings concerned with discussing sustainability issues, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week provides a global platform for collaboration, knowledge exchange, investment and innovation; It attracts more than 45,000 participants annually representing more than 170 countries, and hosts nearly 1,000 international companies.
The activities of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will continue until next Wednesday, and the events were launched with the holding of the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on January 15-16, while the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Summit was held on Monday, the World Future Energy Summit, and the « Innovate”, a Youth Center for Sustainability until January 19, the Women’s Forum for Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy on Tuesday, January 18, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum on January 18-19, and the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum on January 19.
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