Sharjah24 – WAM: His Highness President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and a number of world leaders attended the opening ceremony of this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) today, l global initiative championed by the United Arab Emirates to accelerate sustainable development.
The inauguration, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), was also attended by Yoon Suk Yeol, President of the Republic of Korea; Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan; Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Wavel Ramkalawan, President of the Republic of Seychelles; João Manuel Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola; Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia; Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana; Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; Surangel Whipps Jr., President of the Republic of Palau; Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique; Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania; Aziz Akhannouch, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco; and Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian Prime Minister; Tiemoko Meyliet, Vice-President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council; . Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; And a number of sheikhs and high officials also attended the opening.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcomed heads of state, policy makers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to ADSW 2023, which will explore issues and aim to find solutions to challenges facing the world faces as it envisions a more sustainable future for future generations.
He emphasized that ADSW is a global platform, reflecting the UAE’s commitment to bringing the international community together and ensuring collaboration in driving sustainable economic and social development.
The UAE is making intensive efforts to find achievable and pragmatic solutions to the challenges of climate change, His Highness said, stressing that its strategic initiative to reach Net Zero by 2050 was a natural progression from the global approach to climate change. the sustainability that the company has followed since its inception, Inspired by the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The founding father of the United Arab Emirates laid the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable future through this commitment to protecting nature and preserving the environment.
His Highness the President said ADSW this year is an essential milestone for the UAE to host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28). The country’s selection to host COP28 reflects the UAE’s continued efforts to promote practical climate action, sustainable economic development and progress towards a desired global goal, he said.
The opening ceremony began with the national anthem of the United Arab Emirates, followed by a film on the importance of effective climate action and the need for concerted global efforts. The film featured calls for statements from world leaders and officials for urgent and serious action to address the problem of climate change and strengthen collective action, in order to achieve a sustainable future.
During his opening speech, Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, expressed his deepest gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for inviting him to ADSW, and underlined the depth of bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan. He also commended the UAE’s remarkable growth trajectory, particularly in the sustainability and renewable energy sectors.
President Aliyev underscored his country’s ambition to increase its dependence on clean energy sources as an essential element of national development efforts and to contribute to the global momentum for a cleaner economy. respectful of the environment. He referred to the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Masdar and the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) for the joint development of renewable energy sources, which aims to produce 10 GW of long-term renewable energy.
ADSW 2023, hosted by Masdar, the energy powerhouse of the United Arab Emirates, offers a series of key events throughout the week that aim to engage all sections of society. It will be held under the theme “United for climate action towards COP28” and will bring together heads of state, policy makers, industry leaders, investors, young people and entrepreneurs for a series of high level focused on key sustainable development priorities. before the United Nations conference. Hosted by the United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 12, 2023, COP28 aims to leverage the country’s strategic position as a connector between North and South, East and West, and its global position for facilitate dialogue and conversations that build consensus on the most pressing issues. climate challenges of our time.
ADSW delegates will seek to prioritize the global climate agenda for COP28 – which will cement the UAE’s position as a bridge connecting North, South, East and West – and discuss the need for all groups in society to engage and determine how to build on the results of the first global stocktake of the Paris Agreement.
The ADSW Summit, ADSW’s two-day flagship event, focuses on a wide range of important topics including food and water security, energy conservation, decarbonization of industries, health and climate adaptation.
ADSW 2023 will also see the arrival of a new platform for the global energy sector through the launch of the first Green Hydrogen Summit, which will highlight the role of green hydrogen in the process of decarbonizing key sectors and supporting countries’ efforts in moving towards net zero. . .
ADSW 2023 seeks to engage youth in climate action through the Youth 4 Sustainability Forum and Hub, engaging 3,000 young men and women annually. ADSW will also include Masdar’s Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) platform’s annual forum, aimed at giving women more space to discuss sustainability, and the “Innovate” A Masdar initiative. City to showcase the latest global technologies. In addition, ADSW will focus on startups and SMEs, with more than 70 companies exhibiting, alongside Masdar’s “Innovate” initiative which will showcase the latest ground-breaking technologies globally.
ADSW kicked off with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) General Assembly and Atlantic Council World Energy Forum on January 14-15. The ADSW Summit takes place January 16-17, and the Global Future Energy Summit, Innovate Initiative and Youth Center for Sustainability take place January 16-18.
The summit (WiSER) takes place on January 17, the Green Hydrogen Summit on January 18, and the Abu Dhabi Forum for Sustainable Finance on January 19, with the week ending with the festival in Masdar City.