The UAE and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched on Sunday a sustainable environmental partnership initiative to assuage the fallout of climate change, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi announced.
The initiative was launched during the Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Summit (SCCCS) which kicked off in Dubai on Sunday coinciding with the Earth Day.
The initiative is meant to spread awareness among decision-makers, government officials, private sector and people on the importance of sustainable societies.
The initiative urges supporting sustainable societies through encouraging researches and studies as well as innovation.
The UAE also launched an award for honoring institutions of both governmental and private sectors which support innovation in the sustainability domain.
Al-Zeyoudi stressed the UAE's commitment to sustainable development despite many challenges besetting the planet, topped by bloating population, growing demand of energy, water and food and the impact of climate change.
Al-Zeyoudi added that the UAE exerted great efforts at the local and international levels in the fields of combating climate change and realizing sustainable development.
The SCCCS - under the patronage of Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum - is organized by the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in collaboration with the Dubai Land Department and Majid Al Futtaim.
The SCCCS is a dedicated platform for stakeholders from different sectors, geographies, and industries to present and discuss major regional and international issues pertaining to climate change and other sustainability challenges facing global communities.
Over 250 decision makers and professionals from different cities, national governments, non-governmental organizations, UN bodies, and the private sector took part in the event.
The summit included a Ministerial Dialogue that addressed government responses to challenges and opportunities in relation to climate change and other sustainability issues facing global communities.
It was followed by the Sustainability Leaders Dialogue, where CEOs and leaders from the regional and international private sector showcased how sustainability can offer investment opportunities, share obstacles faced by those in the sustainability sector and give insight into what businesses can do to become more sustainable.
Another major highlight at the SCCCS was the Youth Dialogue on Future Skills, which focused on the importance of “future” skills to prepare youth to future jobs, as well as the importance of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – for the coming generation. The dialogue also addressed the topic of shaping the future for sustainable communities and climate change through the Vision 2021, UAE Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, UAE Green Growth Strategy 2030 and UAE Climate Change Plan 2050.
The SCCCS 2018 will provide a unique platform to showcase sustainability startups, allowing them to pitch their ideas in front of a wide network of supporters. It will also provide an opportunity to launch key regional and global partnerships on sustainable communities and climate change.