The organising committee of the fifth edition of The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) announced in a press conference that it will rollout a strategic roadmap to accelerate the green economy agenda and propelling Dubai and UAE to being a major stakeholder of the global green economy and positioning Dubai as the capital of green economy.
The summit will highlight UAE’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that support UAE’s goals to be the best country to live and work in the world. World Green Economy Summit to be held on 24th and 25th, 2018 in Dubai will rollout strategic roadmap to accelerate the green economy goals of UAE
Held under the patronage of Vice-president and Prime Minister of UAE His Hihgness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the fifth edition of WGES 2018 revolve around ‘Driving innovation, Leading change’ themes.
The press conference was attended by HE Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and the Environment and HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, and Chairman of WGES. It also witnessed the presence of HE Ahmad B. Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of DSCE along with other government and private sector officials.
The summit will be attended by prominent leaders including HE Francois Hollande, former President of France; HE Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE; HE Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives; Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, in charge of Sustainable Development, Morocco and Christiana Figueres, Former Secretary General, UNFCCC along with an elite of global experts, thought leaders and executive officials in the areas of green economy and sustainable development.
HE Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi underscored the role of World Green Economy Summit in maintaining a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth, acknowledged the contribution of 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
HE Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi stated that WGES is a strategic platform, that facilitates exchange of knowledge and innovation, which not only helps protect the natural resources, but also strengthen Dubai’s competitive position in global markets, particularly in the areas of renewable energy.
Al Zeyoudi noted that The World Green Economy Summit, has boosted collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as encouraged cooperation from the millennials and youth. The launch of the Climate Innovations Exchange (CLIX) is one such effort, which connects young entrepreneurs and investors to help drive sustainable climate change solutions.
The Minister of Climate Change and the Environment expressed confidence that the fifth edition of the Summit will further enhance international partnerships, encourage investments in green projects and oversee the introduction of efficient policies and procedures to foster the growth of the green economy.
The Summit supports the UAE Vision 2021, Dubai Plan 2021, Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which intends that 7 percent of Dubai's total power output will come from clean energy by 2020, 25 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050, such that Dubai becomes a global hub for green economy,” he said.
The Summit will also attract many speakers this year including CEOs, managing directors, entrepreneurs, and local, regional and international leaders. This year, WGES will drive new ideas and technologies. It will comprise of 20 insightful sessions, led by more than 100 prominent speakers, including local, regional and international speakers from different sectors, and supported by more than 15 partners and sponsors,” HE Al Tayer emphasised.
Bringing together more than 3700 participants, including thought leaders, experts and representatives from various green economy and sustainable development sectors such as administrations, partnerships, financing, innovation and global markets, The World Green Economy Summit will discuss innovative strategies to achieve the global sustainability agenda to further boost the position of Dubai as Capital of Green Economy and strengthen the UAE’s efforts in this regard.
WGES 2018 will be held in conjunction with the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition ‘WETEX 2018’, as part of the Green Week activities in Dubai.