Sustainable Development Week in Abu Dhabi

We are facing with COP 21 at the end of the year one of the most important international negotiation that the world has ever known. Its outcome is going to shape the future of the planet for many generations. France has the honour to host this event in Paris.

Picking up on what is now starting to be already a tradition of our Embassy at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, my services have decided to organize with the support of the UAE and Masdar, in particular, a series of workshop that would, for this new edition of ADSW, try to raise awareness that mitigating climate change is at reach without destroying economies and our way of life.

These workshops are going to describe a wide scope of innovative technologies, in different sectors, deployed in the UAE, France and partner countries by numerous industries and organizations that are already effectively reducing carbon emissions. They are also going to look at the status of research and development for some of the remaining key stumbling blocks, while underlining the importance of collaborative research and international cooperation to achieve the decisive breakthroughs still required, in some areas.

We have decided with Masdar to hold these workshops on a theatre, on the floor of WFES, so as to illustrate the importance of everybody’s awareness and involvement on issues that do not concern only a little number of experts.

I would like to thank warmly the UAE, HE Dr, Sultan Al Jaber, Secretary of State and UAE special climate envoy, as well as Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar and his team for having made these workshops possible. I extend my gratitude also to Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Carbon Center, the Director General of IRENA and the Secretariat of the Agency for their support. I wish all fruitful and inspiring discussions.

Michel Miraillet
French Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

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publié le 18/01/2015

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