Saturday 3, September 2016

Abu Dhabi – MENA Herald: An official delegation headed by His Excellency Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment takes part in the Global Green Growth Week (GGGW). The event, which will be held in South Korea next week, is organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
The UAE’s participation is part of the country’s efforts in exchanging knowledge and expertise with countries from around the world as well as government, semi-government and civil organizations working in the fields of environmental protection and advancing sustainable solutions.
The UAE delegation will take part in the various meetings starting from Sunday and for the following five days at the Korean island of Jeju. The delegation will meet with a number of government officials and directors of global corporations involved in environmental work.
“We look forward to discussing key environmental topics with our global counterparts. We think that it is important to continue the work of the momentous Paris Agreement which took place during the COP 21 meeting last year and to set in place the 2030 goals of sustainable development. We hope that this international event will effectively contribute to global sustainable development and combatting climate change.”

He added: “We strive to build local capacities in the fields of green growth, dealing with climate change and transferring knowledge and technology in line with our nation’s vision to develop qualified national expertise. Our participation in this unique event is in line with the UAE vision 2021 and the national objective of developing and applying innovative solutions to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development.”
Dr. Al Zeyoudi said that this event is an opportunity to find partnership prospects with participating countries and to learn more about the latest technological advancements in the field of climate change. He added that there are many potential issues of mutual interest which could open doors for collaboration in order to boost the UAE’s efforts in various environmental arenas. He stressed that it is important to benefit from the international expertise and to study the possibility of allowing private companies to carry out environmental projects in collaboration with governments.

This year, the GGGW, includes the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) meeting and the fifth Global Green Growth Summit (GGGS) as well as the ninth Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) meeting. More than 50 countries representing governments, the private sector and civil society will be part of the international event which will focus on four thematic areas: energy, water, land-use and green cities.