Tens of thousands of people from 170 different countries recently convened in Abu Dhabi to partake in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017 events.
Taking place January 12 – 21, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017 was the country’s first major international gathering of the year. Now in its 10th year, the global platform is a government initiative that has grown to become the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East. With the global population estimated at 9 billion by 2050, ADSW was established to promote collaborative thinking and development to accelerate the sustainable solutions needed to support this rapid economic and population growth.
This year, ADSW hosted several signature events like World Future Energy Summit, International Water Summit, EcoWASTE and many more. World leaders, policy makers, experts, business leaders, academics and scientists traveled far and wide to come to Abu Dhabi to discuss, debate and address the energy and sustainability challenges of the future. Each ADSW official event had a slightly different profile. For example, the World Future Energy Summit addressed advancement of future energy and clean technology while the International Water Summit promoted water sustainability in arid regions. And while each event ranged in focus, the overall theme of the week’s events revolved around sustainability.
The UAE has been promoting the use of clean energy and a sustainable future for the last decade. With a desire to ensure sustainable development and preservation of the environment, the UAE government has launched the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda. UAE Vision 2021 acts as the country’s national agenda and focuses on improving the quality of air, preserving water resources and increasing the contribution of clean energy.
In the US, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has been promoting a similar message regarding sustainable development and the use of clean energy. In fact, the preservation of the environment is a key area of bilateral cooperation and a common interest that unites the US and UAE. As the UAE ambassador to the US, Ambassador Al Otaiba has been instrumental the establishment of strategic partnerships between the US and UAE that aid both countries in their efforts to create a sustainable future for the world.