Sunday, January 16, 2011

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate of Energy and Climate Change Participates at the World Future Energy Summit 2011

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 15th Jan 2011: Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi, through Masdar, will be hosting the World Future Energy Summit during the period of January 17-21.

Highlighting the importance of dialogue between the public and private sectors, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will be participating at the 4th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) .The newly established Directorate will engage in WFES through a series of activities including panel participations, a lecture on Climate Change and a stand at the Summit venue, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC.

Members of DECC will be available throughout the 4 days of the Summit (January 17-20) at the stand to brief guests of the WFES on the mandate of the Directorate and its ongoing activities.

In addition to its stand, DECC is scheduled to give a “Climate Change 101” lecture and a presentation to the Young Future Energy Leaders on January 19. On the final day of the conference, January 20th, DECC will be participating in the panel “Finance Leaders on Renewable Energy as well as co-hosting a finance workshop in collaboration with New York University.

DECC was established in March 2010 as a direct result of the UAE’s winning bid to host the Headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) The Directorate acts as the main focal point for the UAE’s engagement with the Agency both as host country and as a member state. The DECC also plays a major role for the UAE in all international negotiations on Climate Change; in particular within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) including the Kyoto protocol.

The United Arab Emirates has placed renewable energy and climate change high on its agenda. Throughout the years, this has been demonstrated through a variety of actions; including the inception of the Masdar Initiative, the UAE peaceful nuclear program, the Abu Dhabi green building code (ESTIDAMA),the World Future Energy Summit, the Zayed Future Energy Prize as well as the establishment of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The UAE also recognize and understand the importance of a collaborative engagement between the private and public sectors – the presence of the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at the World Future Energy Summit is a demonstration of that understanding.
The UAE has frequently emphasized on the importance of a true partnership between the public and private sectors – with the private sector ensuring the development of new ideas and solutions as well driving innovation and transfer of technology and the public sector establishing policies and frameworks that encourage that action. The DECC will be present at the Summit to engage in that dialogue and other conversations with the summit guests.

In 2011, DECC will be heavily engaging on various fronts including the hosting of the Clean Energy Ministerial in April, the General Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the same month and the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy. Later this year, the DECC is expected to continue its increased level of engagement at the COP 17 negotiations in South Africa.

The World Future Energy Summit presents an unrivalled business platform bringing together project owners and solution providers with investors and buyers from both the public and private sectors.

Since its inception in 2008, the WFES has evolved into the world’s foremost and must-attend annual meeting for the renewable energy and environment industry. In 2010 WFES brought together over 24,760 attendees from 148 countries including world leaders, international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia, intellectuals and journalists to find practical and sustainable solutions for today’s energy security and climate change challenges.

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