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Sheikh Mohammed Initiates Establishment of Dubai’s Climate Change Authority

Sheikh Mohammed Initiates Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a resolute directive to establish the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority. This groundbreaking initiative aims to propel sustainable practices across sectors, safeguard biodiversity, and expand natural reserves and green spaces within the emirate.

The establishment of the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority reflects Dubai’s unwavering commitment to fostering a thriving green economy and amplifying its role in the global fight against climate change. Under Sheikh Mohammed’s visionary leadership, Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani has been appointed as the Director-General of this newly launched entity, entrusted with steering Dubai towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Sheikh Mohammed Initiates Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority
Sheikh Mohammed Initiates Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority

Echoing this sentiment, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, underscores the emirate’s steadfast determination to emerge as a global exemplar of environmental resilience and sustainable urban development. Aligned with the UAE’s ambitious goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority is poised to spearhead transformative initiatives that will propel Dubai towards a greener and more sustainable future.

With a firm commitment to integrating economic, social, and environmental sustainability into its development agenda, Dubai aspires to lead by example in fostering a harmonious balance between rapid economic growth and environmental preservation. Sheikh Mohammed envisions Dubai as a beacon of sustainability and resilience, showcasing to the world how embracing eco-friendly practices can drive prosperity, elevate living standards, and contribute significantly to the global fight against climate change.

The newly established authority is tasked with fortifying Dubai’s resilience against future challenges by championing the highest standards of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation. Dubai aims to ascend among the world’s top-10 cities in leading environmental and resource sustainability indices by 2033, underlining its unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable growth.

The Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority will embark on strategic programs aimed at bolstering the sustainability of natural resources, optimizing resource utilization, conserving biodiversity, fostering green economic growth, and reducing the carbon footprint. By collaborating with decision-makers, the authority will shape development policies, planning processes, and performance metrics to ensure biodiversity preservation, climate change mitigation, and enhanced food security.

The authority’s ambitious agenda includes expanding Dubai’s green cover by 100 percent and augmenting the area of protected areas and natural reserves by 60 percent by 2040. Moreover, it will prioritize water resource conservation and implement sustainable waste management policies to safeguard the environment for future generations.

Addressing climate change and ensuring food security are paramount objectives for the authority. Resilient infrastructure and services will be developed to mitigate the impacts of accidents, disasters, and natural calamities, safeguarding the community against adverse consequences.

In alignment with Dubai’s Economic Agenda D33, the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority aims to elevate the contribution of the circular and green economy to the emirate’s GDP. Additionally, it will champion green finance initiatives, collaborating with key financial institutions to prioritize and support green projects, thereby advancing Dubai’s sustainable development goals.

Aligned with Dubai’s strategic objectives, the Sheikh Mohammed authority will spearhead initiatives aimed at achieving a complete transition to clean energy by 2050. This monumental shift towards renewable energy sources will not only reduce carbon emissions but also enhance energy security and promote economic diversification. Additionally, the authority aims to significantly improve air quality, with a target of achieving a 90 percent enhancement according to WHO guidelines by 2033. This commitment to combating air pollution underscores Dubai’s dedication to safeguarding public health and well-being.

In pursuit of Sheikh Mohammed mission, the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority will collaborate closely with key stakeholders, including government agencies, private sector entities, civil society organizations, and academic institutions. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative efforts, the authority will leverage collective expertise and resources to address complex environmental challenges and drive meaningful progress towards sustainability.

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