Abu Dhabi expects 30,000 for sustainability week
Masdar CEO encourages local involvement
The UAE’s Masdar has said that Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is set to attract over 30,000 participants from around the world, and will aim to address some of the pressing sustainability issues and challenges. The events - scheduled between January 13 – 17 next year - will demonstrate the importance of the renewable energy sector and sustainability, as well as making clear that Abu Dhabi has become a “capital of the world when it comes to sustainability”.
“Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week extends the UAE’s momentum as a recognised global leader in sustainable development through open platforms that define the future global landscape for sustainability and encourage investments and partnerships to deliver solutions,” said Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber.
“The week builds on the momentum created at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil, particularly in advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide the sustainability agenda for the next 20 years. The UAE’s Rio+20 delegation played a key role in developing those goals which many have seen as one of the most important outcomes of the conference,” he added.
Events planned for the week include the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the sixth World Future Energy Summit, and the awards ceremony for the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
"Meeting the challenges of sustainability is vital both globally and locally," said Dr Al Jaber. "Within the UAE, an integrated and comprehensive energy strategy that includes renewable energy, nuclear and hydrocarbons will be fundamental to our nation's development.
"I urge all UAE organisations and residents to join the important dialogue that will take place during ADSW.”
ADSW was announced by Masdar during the Rio+20 conference back in June of this year.