Dubai – MENA Herald: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor welcomed His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates at the Al Habtoor Group headquarters on Thursday 4 July 2016. It marked the first meeting between the Al Habtoor Group Chairman and Dr Al Zeyoudi, who was formally appointed to his role in February 2016.
The Minister briefed the Chairman on the latest developments of nation’s programme to encourage collaboration between the public and private sectors to address sustainability for future generations. He said that the focus now is to build supplies of staple crops, including wheat and rice to secure a stable food supply for the nation’s population.
Al Habtoor commended the notable achievements of the UAE government and said he is pleased to see the nation expanding its food production capacity. “Innovation in agriculture will pave the way for prosperity and suitability for generations. As a nation, we have proven to innovate ways how to cope with surviving in the desert, a harsh and arid environment. The UAE is a role model not only for our region but also globally. Food sustainability is yet another a milestone as we honour the legacy and vision of UAE’s founder father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”
Throughout the history of the United Arab Emirates, the environment has been a priority, starting with the foundation of the Supreme Committee for Environment in 1975, the Federal Authority for Environment in 1993, and the Ministry of Environment and Water in 2006. In 2016, the UAE leadership established the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to expand on the role of the Ministry of Environment and Water with a mandate to carry out all aspects related to international and domestic climate change affairs, which includes implementation of policies and initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change and protect environmental standards.