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Al Zeyoudi, Hollande, Figueres to feature in World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2018

Event, to be held in Dubai, is expected to outline a strategic roadmap to accelerate Green Economy and to highlight three key pillars of the Green Economy

| | Oct 16, 2018 | 9:24 am
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H.E. Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 October 2018: UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi; Former French President, François Hollande and former Secretary General, UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres are among key attendees in the fifth edition of The World Green Economy Summit, scheduled to take place on October 24 and 25 in Dubai, the organisers of the event said during a Press conference, yesterday. The event, which will outline a strategic roadmap to accelerate green economy, will highlight three key pillars of the green economy – green capital, digital transformation, and leadership and social engagement.

Among other international attendees are H.E. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives and Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, in charge of Sustainable Development, Morocco.

The Summit, which will see several key sessions, including interactive panel discussions among key stakeholders, will also feature a ministerial panel on how to drive a green agenda within a national agenda, green finance, and highlighting the role of World Expos and how they promote sustainability, the organisers said. Further, Figueres is expected to present the inside story of how the Paris Agreement was signed, the work carried out since then and where the world needs to go from here, the organisers added.

H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

H.E. Dr Al Zeyoudi; H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, and Chairman of WGES; H.E. Ahmad B Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and other government and private sector officials attended the Press conference.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Al Tayer said: “The World Green Economy Summit is a strategic platform and a vital initiative that attracts participants from all over the world to discuss all aspects of the Green Economy with an aim to develop a collaborative framework to make positive changes and urge everyone to efficiently contribute in achieving an international consensus to building a sustainable green economy.

“Sustainability and Green Economy are of utmost priority for all of us and there is an international consent that the shift towards Green Economy is the way forward to a brighter and prosperous future, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 play an instrumental role to put the framework in place to achieve this transition. Achieving these goals gives us an opportunity to build a positive future as well as provides a foundation for the implementation of Green strategies to accelerate the Green growth.”

H.E. Dr Al Zeyoudi underscored the role of World Green Economy Summit in maintaining a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth, in accordance with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. He also acknowledged the contribution of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in accelerating the country’s competitiveness with innovative initiatives that position Dubai as a global capital for the Green Economy in line with the vision of Sheikh Mohammed.

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