ABU DHABI, 16th January, 2017 (WAM) — The President of Kazakhstan, Noor Sultan Nursultan Nazarbayev, has thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for receiving him at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and congratulated the organisers of the World Future Energy Summit on its tenth anniversary.
“We have an acute need to secure safe energy and ecological conditions for the planet. The 21st century should be the epoch for breakthrough decisions and solutions in energy, and an epoch that will define not only the future direction of the energy industry, but the fate of the planet for 1,000 years to come,” he said at the opening ceremony.
“The majority of the global community understand the seriousness of the issue,” President Nazarbayev added. “The proof is the obligations undertaken by countries within the sustainable development goals of the United Nations by 2030. However, the energy policy of the world is still not fully aligned. I believe that ADSW will help facilitate the implementation of national clean energy targets. Renewable energy sources are today more affordable than they were before. We must take advantage.”
Taking place on the theme, “Practical steps towards a sustainable future”, this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is one of the first global platforms to debate the outcomes of the international climate conference, COP22, in Marrakech, and to take further action to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy following the ratification of the Paris Agreement.
The ADSW opening ceremony was followed by Abu Dhabi Global Action Day, a high-level conference aimed at turning the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practical and innovative solutions in policy, investment, technology and partnerships, with a focus on the steps to be taken by both government and business.
Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCE, opened the Global Action Day programme.