The fourth Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) commenced on an influential note at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto were present during the opening ceremony.
The UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is very keen to give the increasing international demand for energy by enhancing and encouraging renewable energy technologies.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid acknowledged the responsibility played by Masdar, which hosts ADSW, in enhancing UAE’s leadership in the area of energy as one, as well as renewable energy. Masdar was able to achieve this accomplishment in less than ten years and now a main player in the international renewable energy industry.
ADSW is an Abu Dhabi government program and the Middle East’s biggest assembly on sustainability, is constructed approximately four key proposals: policy, leadership, business, and awareness. These programs will be reflected in the activities, declarations and discussions taking place during this year’s program.
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the UAE on its accomplishment in getting together several international leaders and on drawing attention to the effect that climate change has on women through WiSER.
On the other hand, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto emphasized the fact that International Energy Agency (IEA) averred that the world’s population is approximated to obtain 9.7 billion by 2050, signifying that the world will require three times the amount of energy spent nowadays.
Furthermore, the opening rite witnessed the declaration of the winners of the eighth Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP). The awards were revealed by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed and President Nieto.
Above 33,000 people from 170 nations, together with the 60 ministers of state, are present at ADSW, which hosts as well as the World Future Energy Summit, the International Water Summit and EcoWaste, as well as the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), among a host of other activities.
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