Panorama – United Arab Emirates unites global policy, business and industry leaders to take climate action

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2022, which runs January 15-19, will bring together global leaders including heads of state, policy makers and international business leaders, as the Emirates UAE aims to advance the global sustainability agenda and accelerate the tracks. to net zero.

ADSW 2022 will be the first major sustainability event following the COP26 climate change conference, and will act as a global catalyst for COP27, to be held in Egypt in 2022, and COP28, to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in 2023. Held annually since 2008, ADSW has grown into one of the world’s newest sustainability platforms, with over 45,000 people from 175 countries participating in ADSW 2020.

“The next few years will be crucial as we work together across policy, business and industry to accelerate progressive climate action that will provide economic opportunity and prosperity for present and future generations,” said HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advancement of the United Arab Emirates. Technology, special envoy for climate change and president of Masdar. “The UAE has a long-term vision that will build on our long track record of innovative climate solutions across the energy spectrum. Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week continues to provide an ideal platform to promote, deploy and scale up these climate solutions globally. Aligned with the United Arab Emirates’ 50 Principles, it offers opportunities for global collaboration, knowledge sharing, investment and promotion of new technological innovations that will advance the global sustainable development agenda and transform plans into action. “

In addition to heads of state, leaders confirmed to participate in ADSW include:

HE Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations;

John Kerry, the President’s special climate envoy;

HE Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President designate of COP27;

Rt Hon Alok Sharma, MP, President of COP26;

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization;

Francesco La Camera, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency;

Ferid Belhaj, Vice President of the World Bank Group;

HE Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chairman of the Board of the Global Green Growth Institute, Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations;

Rishi Kapoor, Co-Managing Director, Investcorp;

Karen Wong, Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing, State Street Global Advisors, one of the world’s largest asset managers with US $ 3.90 trillion under its management.

“To provide a sustainable future for our planet, the collective action of all stakeholders is necessary,” added HE Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, before her appearance at ADSW. “Even as we fight the pandemic, we must not lose sight of other equally pressing global challenges. Governments, businesses, researchers, communities and individuals all have a role to play in addressing the challenges of climate change. ADSW provides us with a timely opportunity to exchange views on our collective response and urgent action needed. I thank His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, for inviting me to speak at the summit.

Hosting ADSW is a key part of positioning the UAE as a regional and global leader in sustainability and climate action. Last October, the UAE announced its strategic Net Zero by 2050 initiative, a national initiative to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the first such initiative in the MENA region. The UAE was also the first Arab country to set voluntary clean energy targets and the first Gulf state to sign the Paris Agreement.

Further demonstrating the UAE’s leading role in leading action on climate change, at home, in the region and around the world, the ADSW Opening Ceremony and Awards Ceremony Zayed for Sustainability will take place at Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday, January 17 to coincide with Global Goals Week. All other ADSW events will take place in Abu Dhabi or virtually.

Since its inception, ADSW has reflected the changing global sustainability landscape, expanding its reach from renewable energy and water, to include new global trends and topics such as artificial intelligence, space and mobility. The number of ADSW events has also increased over time, with the addition of the IRENA Assembly in 2010, the Forum of Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) in 2015, the Atlantic Council World Energy Forum in 2017, Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum 2019, and the ADSW Virtual Summit in 2021.

Taking place virtually on January 17, the ADSW Summit will bring together world leaders to engage in dialogue and define actions to achieve a net zero future. Meeting global net zero commitments and moving towards the COP28 climate change conference will be key topics of discussion at the ADSW summit.

The World Future Energy Summit exhibition and forums, which will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) during ADSW January 17-19, will feature exhibitors from nearly 1,000 international companies, supporting the transition global energy. The exhibiting companies will present the latest innovations in clean energy, water, smart cities and green waste. Pavilions of countries participating in the World Futures Energy Summit include China, India, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Nigeria

ADSW key dates include:

January 15-16 – IRENA Assembly,

January 17 – Opening Ceremony and Zayed Sustainability Awards Ceremony, ADSW Summit, January 17-19 – Global Future Energy Summit, Innovate, Youth 4 Sustainability Hub,

January 18-19 Atlantic Council Forums

January 18 – Forum WiSER,

January 19, Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum.

The successful delivery of ADSW 2022 will be achieved with the continued support of the event’s global sponsors and partners, including: Abu Dhabi Ministry of Energy; Aramex, Bee’ah, Crédit Agricole, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; Engie, Etihad Airways, General Electric, InvestCorp, McKinsey & Company, Mubadala Investment Company, Pepsico, Power China; Tabreed and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency.

Details of registration for ADSW events are available on the ADSW website.

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