TOKYO, 2nd March, 2023 (WAM) — Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Department of Municipalities and Transport, DMT, led a delegation to Tokyo, Japan, to attend the Global Network for Urban Sustainability (G-NETS) Summit It will be held from February 27th to March 1st, 2023.
Leaders, mayors and officials from more than 33 cities around the world gathered under the theme of “Connecting Cities for a Better Future”.
G-NETS provides a platform for cities to meet and discuss solutions to global challenges facing cities. Its main objective is to enhance inter-city cooperation by promoting active communication between cities to solve challenges.
The Abu Dhabi delegation consisted of Hamad Al Dhaheri, Deputy Minister of Community Development, Hamad Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Planning and Infrastructure at DMT, as well as DMT, Abu Dhabi Environment Authority and the Department of Community Development.
Al Shorafa said: “The government of Abu Dhabi is committed to protecting the environment and protecting wildlife. The government’s efforts are in line with the wise leadership’s belief in preserving natural resources and achieving sustainable development. Al Shorafa emphasized the government’s commitment to balance economic growth and environmental protection strike a balance.
“Strengthening cooperation with major cities in the world to build a sustainable society is the top priority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. To achieve this goal, the government has implemented various policies and measures to protect the environment, and has enhanced Abu Dhabi as a living, The status of top destinations for work and travel,” he added.
Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD), said: “Through our participation in the G-NETS Summit in Tokyo as the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s delegation, EAD will highlight its efforts to reduce pollutants by harmonizing and expanding monitoring efforts and Encourage scientific and academic research to ensure Abu Dhabi’s air quality to ensure a sustainable healthy society.”
She said that the projects implemented by EAD in air quality protection help to strengthen the emirate’s capabilities in mathematical modeling of atmospheric emissions and air quality, and contribute to the establishment of a framework in line with its current and future goals and needs.
She added that the agency is keen to use advanced technology to monitor and identify sources of bad odors and pollution. In addition, communication with partners is carried out to sustainably implement mitigation plans to provide a better quality of life for the residents of the emirate.
Hamad Al Dhaheri commended the delegation’s participation in the G-NET Summit, which brings together leaders and experts from cities around the world to exchange ideas and experiences on safety, the environment and inclusive communities. He highlighted the emirate’s strong track record of improving people’s quality of life through initiatives and strategies that serve all segments of society. Al Dhaheri highlighted the social sector’s commitment to effectively contribute to society by providing social safety nets and providing services for the determined, the elderly and the vulnerable to ensure inclusion.
Al Dhaheri explained that sustainable development depends on community development, which requires meeting the needs of community members and enhancing their sense of belonging. He cited the Department of Community Development’s quality of life questionnaire, which showed that more than 98 percent of citizens and 93 percent of residents expressed pride in being part of the Abu Dhabi community.
During the summit, the UAE delegation coordinated with senior officials, mayors and representatives from Tokyo, Helsinki, Brussels and Singapore. In addition, they participated in a key meeting held on February 28, where they presented various initiatives and projects implemented by Abu Dhabi government entities to protect the local environment.