ain [UAE]23 June (ANI/WAM): The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) today launched its strategic action plan ahead of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28). COP28 will be hosted by the UAE at Dubai Expo City in November 2023.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Mariam bint Mohammed Al Khairi, Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to the UAE President and Prime Minister of the UAE Economic Union, and representatives of several strategic partners from the government and the private sector.
In his speech, Prime Minister Nusseibeh highlighted the pivotal role that the UAE Union University plays in advancing the country’s strategic goals for sustainable development. He confirmed that the UAEU COP28 and subsequent roadmap will encourage efforts in line with the UAE 2050 Net Zero Emissions Strategic Initiative and the COP28 Agenda.
The roadmap has three main themes: research and innovation, youth empowerment, and local and international partnerships. Work under these themes is among 35 initiatives with measurable results that have not only started but will continue after COP28. These initiatives focus on sustainable energy, waste reduction and reuse of natural resources.
The Prime Minister concluded by saying: “The UAE Alliance will draw on and benefit from our experience in agriculture and water technologies, our expertise in scientific and engineering solutions that harness the UAE’s natural ecosystems, and our understanding of human social and behavioral change .We intend to provide greater certainty about the realities and impacts of global warming.”
In his speech, Alm Khairi emphasized that youth can play an important role in the UAE’s journey to mitigate climate change and create a sustainable future through science, innovation and creativity. She emphasized that COP28 is an opportunity for governments, organizations, universities, scientists and businesses to share their visions and experiences on how to make the world more sustainable.
She said: “The COP28 roadmap of the United Arab Emirates University reflects a real step forward in efforts to bring together youth and scientific research to address climate change at all levels. As a prestigious academic and scientific institution, I am honored to be part of the One of them. I am confident that this roadmap will be a tangible contribution of the University during the Year of Sustainability in support of the country’s efforts to develop a progressive vision for solutions to climate change challenges and adaptation while achieving Climate neutrality is achieved in the country by 2050.”
She added: “Using your knowledge, skills and creative thinking, you can deliver exceptional solutions in areas ranging from supporting renewable energy and sustainable transport to ending global hunger, and ultimately changing social habits and More sustainable, more developed. , and prosperous.”
Professor Ahmed Murad, Vice Provost for Scientific Research at UAE University, said that the title of the UAE University Roadmap is “Empowering Youth to Combat Climate Change”. He explained that the comprehensive strategy includes activities such as a student debate on climate change science and climate action, an IT marathon on the role of artificial intelligence in environmental sustainability and climate action, a graphic design competition on the topic of climate change awareness, and six activities. International conferences and forums.
The latter included the SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) University Forum in partnership with Times Higher Education, the 7th International Engineering Geophysics Conference on Sustainable Development and Climate Change, the International Conference on Fintech and Finance Sustainability, and the Second International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management in Drylands. Also on the agenda are partnership initiatives with Sultan Qaboos University, Monash University and Singapore Management University, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, University Climate Network, Emirates Red University Crescent, Women’s Alliance, Elite Agro and UN Women.
He said that the roadmap will provide guidance for countries to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and promote the great success of COP28. (ANI/WAM)
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