Representatives of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) attended previous sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) , and played a fundamental role in supporting the UAE’s efforts to strengthen cooperation with the international community to tackle climate change and underpin the UAE’s important journey towards climate action and protecting the planet.
The delegation is committed to strengthening the UAE’s active and distinguished presence in previous COP sessions, especially COP 21, the most important COP to date. The UAE was then involved in achieving the Paris Climate Agreement and the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The delegation participated in conferences and conferences, and visited major related projects in the host country on the spot. It also exchanges global best experiences and practices, and strengthens cooperation to achieve shared climate goals. The delegation also committed to launching pioneering initiatives to promote global environmental sustainability, recalling the UAE and Dubai’s pioneering models for sustainability and their extraordinary achievements in accelerating the transition to a green economy and achieving net-zero emissions.
“Over the past few years, the COP has provided a global platform to highlight the significant progress and developments we have achieved in achieving sustainable social and economic growth and supporting the UAE’s strategy to achieve economic growth while protecting the environment and future generations. Select The UAE hosted UNFCCC COP28 at Dubai Expo City this November, underscoring the world’s confidence in our wise leadership and the country’s stellar track record on climate action over the years. These efforts culminated in the announcement of net zero by 2050 emissions and become the first country in the MENA region to launch it in 2021. We are intensifying our efforts this year to implement the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make COP28 a success and to support this ambitious national project to lead a global transformation to implement Concrete action. This also enables all stakeholders to work across the main pillars to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. COP28 is of special significance as it marks the conclusion of the first global A comprehensive assessment of the progress made towards the goals of the Agreement,” said His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DSCE Vice-President, MD and Chief Executive Officer, DEWA, WGEO Chair.
Al Tayer emphasized that the UAE Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, approved the UAE’s membership in the Global Green Economy Alliance, demonstrating the UAE’s pioneering role in climate action and the commitment of wise leadership to promote A commitment to international cooperation and mobilization to accelerate the transition to a green economy.
The UAE model is the most effective model to ensure sustainable development and combat the impact of climate change, and to consolidate the concept of sustainable living by achieving a balance between economic growth, social welfare and environmental protection. Transitioning to a green economy requires strong partnerships among all global stakeholders. It also needs to follow new methodologies and more efficient working mechanisms. The success of these efforts will require the alignment and linkage of climate planning and financing on the one hand, and the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals on the other.
“The UAE provides an effective model for a green economy that can achieve economic sustainability while protecting the environment. The Global Green Economy Alliance will drive a new qualitative leap in the application of the green economy model on a global scale. This is done by mobilizing the Efforts to achieve the goal of a green economy as a high priority to achieve climate action and sustainable development. In addition, in addition to exchanging knowledge and best practices, it also helps to strengthen the capacity of developing countries and Projects for economic transformation. The Global Alliance will also pave the way for further cooperation and will constitute an important step towards joint action to achieve the desired climate goals and build a brighter and more sustainable future for us and future generations It will further create an ideal environment for hosting the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) in the UAE,” continued Al Tayer.
UAE Government represented by Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in collaboration with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Environment Program UNEP is hosting MENA Climate Week in Dubai in 2022. The inaugural MENA Climate Week was a huge success and received widespread acclaim from prominent climate action-focused institutions and figures around the world.
The event attracted more than 15,000 attendees in person and virtually from 40 countries around the world. It also attracted 500 global speakers and experts, including ministers and officials from government and the private sector, as well as climate advocates, and officials from the United Nations climate organisation. MENA Climate Week featured more than 200 panel discussions, workshops and ministerial roundtables. This week’s events focus on three areas; the first is ‘Raising ambition: national action and an economy-wide approach’. The second is “Tradition and Modernity Meet: An Integrated Approach to Climate Resilience”. The third track is “Accelerating Implementation in This Critical Decade”.
At the opening ceremony, His Excellency Al Tayer said that the event will be a milestone in the global climate action agenda, marking a pivotal moment for the region as we take a leadership role in this global agenda and the next two Key climate meetings will be in the region. Al Tayer explained that MENA Climate Week coincides with the end of a pivotal year and the start of a pivotal decade for climate action. This is the first meeting on the global climate agenda since last November’s COP26 in Glasgow, following a series of climate weeks in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific in 2021.
Last year, high-level delegations from DSCE, DEWA and WGEO participated in COP27 in November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Al Tayer delivered a presentation titled “Accelerating Net Zero Commitments” at a conference hosted by the United Nations Global Compact Network in the UAE and Egypt, which included a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues on the climate agenda for Egypt and the UAE. Al Tayer highlighted the ongoing efforts to advance discussions on effective measures and climate action, addressed the most important and expected outcomes of the Conference of the Parties, and the contribution of the 2022 edition to accelerating climate action and strengthening private sector engagement in reducing emissions.
At the session titled “The Role of the Green Economy in NBS”, co-hosted by UNFCCC – WGEO and HSBC Middle East, Al Tayer delivered a keynote address highlighting WGEO’s role in promoting NBS and its practice Discuss the impact of efforts on climate action during stakeholder engagements.
Al Tayer also delivered a keynote address at a conference on youth and their contributions to society co-hosted by WGEO and HSBC. He highlighted WGEO’s role in engaging young people as part of its efforts to advance sustainable solutions, address climate challenges, and build young people’s skills and knowledge.
WGEO and HSBC have signed an agreement to strengthen the engagement of youth and other stakeholders in all areas of climate action. This is part of its commitment to raising awareness of climate change and the importance of engaging youth and adopting strategies aimed at reducing the consequences of climate change.
During COP25 in Madrid, Spain, WGEO and UNFCCC jointly organized a high-level forum to discuss financing strategies for climate change activities and the implementation of nationally determined contributions, and review the measures and actions taken by countries to reach the Paris Agreement.
The forum, attended by ministers, officials and representatives from different countries, was a groundbreaking platform that highlighted the most important practices and effective ways of formulating and implementing regional and national strategies. It also facilitates countries’ access to financing to achieve their nationally determined contributions to mitigate the effects of climate change and achieve long-term strategies for developing countries.
As part of the regional climate weeks held during the conference, Al Tayer announced that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change had chosen Dubai to host MENA Climate Week 2020, the first of its kind in the region and to be held in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai .
At COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Al Tayer was the keynote speaker at the Sustainable Innovation Forum. Al Tayer also released the 2018 State of the Global Green Economy Report, WGEO’s first global publication. The report, “Inspiring Innovation in Business, Finance and Policy”, was prepared in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the United Nations Development Programme. It focuses on the importance of innovation and sustainability in promoting a global green transition.
During a special WGEO workshop at the GCC Pavilion, Al Tayer spoke about the establishment of the organization and its first preparatory meeting. Al Tayer also met with leaders and officials in the fields of sustainable development and the green economy.
During COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, delegations from DSCE and DEWA shed light on the efforts of Dubai’s energy sector, a pioneer in adopting the global trend towards a green economy and sustainable development and reducing the impact of climate change. The meeting witnessed the global launch of WGEO and the entry of the UAE into WGEO as the first member.
During the youth circle organized by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment as part of the conference, DEWA highlighted its experience in encouraging and nurturing young Emiratis and adopting positive and innovative ideas to address global climate change issues.
During COP21 in Paris, delegations from DSCE and DEWA held an extraordinary meeting with policymakers and CEOs from the French energy, water and environment sectors, French government agencies, including the French Business Council, the Movement French Enterprises (MEDE)F , the Renewable Energy Syndicate, the French Trade Council, the French Business Council in Dubai, and the French Embassy in the UAE. The conference will focus on establishing green fund investments, collaborations and knowledge exchange to support Dubai’s move towards a green economy and enhance its sustainability.
During the meeting, Al Tayer released the 2016 State of the Green Economy Report, highlighting the commitment of the UAE and Dubai to develop and implement green agreements across sectors to encourage green transitions, reduce carbon emissions and encourage adoption in line with the 2015 UN Climate Agreement Closely related to the flexible economy.