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UAE convenes world leaders from policy, business and industry to take climate action and accelerate sustainable development

10 JAN 2022

UAE convenes world leaders from policy, business and industry to take climate action and accelerate sustainable development

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will host heads of state, more than 500 global speakers, 150 government ministers, 1,000 international businesses, and 3,000 students 
UAE aims to accelerate pathways to net zero by mobilizing finance, innovation and partnerships

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; January 10, 2022: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2022 taking place from 15 – 19 January, will convene global leaders, including heads of state, policy makers, and international business leaders, as the United Arab Emirates aims to take the agenda global sustainability forward and accelerate pathways to net zero.

Hosted by Masdar, ADSW 2022 will be the first major sustainability event after the COP26 climate change conference, and will act as a global catalyst for COP27, which will be held in Egypt in 2022, and COP28, which will be hosted by the UAE in 2023. Held annually since 2008, ADSW has become one of the latest sustainability platforms in the world, with more than 45,000 people from 175 countries participating in ADSW 2020. 

HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Chairman of Masdar, said: “The next few years will be pivotal as we work together across policy, business and industry to accelerate progressive climate action that will deliver economic opportunities and prosperity for current and future generations. 

“The UAE has a long-term vision that will build on our longstanding track record in innovating climate solutions across the entire energy spectrum. Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week continues to offer an ideal platform for promoting, deploying and taking these climate solutions to scale around the world. Aligned with the UAE’s ‘Principles of the 50,’ it provide opportunities for global collaboration, knowledge sharing, investment and advancing new technological innovations that will take the global sustainability agenda forward and turn plans into action.”

In addition to heads of state, leaders confirmed to participant at ADSW included HE Mr António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General; Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for all, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All SEforAll; John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; HE Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President Designate COP27; Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, COP26 President; Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization; Francesco La Camera, Director-General of International Renewable Energy Agency; Ferid Belhaj, Vice-President of the World Bank Group; HE Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute, Eight Secretary-General of the United Nations; Rishi Kapoor, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Investcorp; and Karen Wong, Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing, State Street Global Advisors, one of the world’s largest asset managers with US $3.90 trillion under its management.

Commenting ahead of her appearance at the ADSW, HE Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, said, “To deliver a sustainable future for our planet, the collective action of all stakeholders is needed. Even as we tackle the pandemic, we must not lose sight of other equally pressing global challenges. Governments, businesses, researchers, communities and individuals all have a role in addressing the challenges of climate change. 

“The ADSW provides us a timely opportunity to exchange views on our collective response, and the urgent steps needed. I thank His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for inviting me to speak at the Summit.”

The hosting of ADSW is a key component in the UAE’s positioning as a regional and global leader in sustainability and climate action. Last October, the UAE announced its Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the first such initiative in the MENA region. The UAE was also the first Arab country to set voluntary clean energy targets, and the first Gulf state to sign the Paris Agreement.

Further demonstrating the UAE’s leading role in driving action on climate change, at home, in the region, and throughout the world, the ADSW Opening Ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony will take place at Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday January 17 to coincide with Global Goals Week. All other ADSW events will take place in Abu Dhabi or virtually. 

Since its inception, ADSW has reflected the changing global sustainability landscape, broadening its scope from renewable energy and water, to include new global trends and topics like artificial intelligence, space and mobility. The number of ADSW events has also expanded over time, with the additions of the IRENA Assembly in 2010, the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy’ (WiSER) Forum in 2015, Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in 2017, Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum 2019, and the virtual ADSW Summit in 2021. 

Taking place virtually on January 17, the ADSW Summit will bring together global leaders to engage in dialogue and outline actions to achieve a net-zero future. Delivering global net zero commitments and the journey to the COP28 climate change conference will be key topics for discussion at the ADSW Summit. 

The World Future Energy Summit exhibition and forums, which take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) during ADSW from January 17-19, will showcase exhibitors from nearly 1,000 international companies, supporting the global energy transition. Exhibiting companies will showcase the latest innovations for clean energy, water, smart cities, and ecowaste. Country pavilions participating at the World Future Energy Summit include China, India, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Nigeria. 

Key ADSW dates include: January 15-16 - IRENA Assembly, January 17 – Opening Ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony, ADSW Summit, January 17-19 – World Future Energy Summit, Innovate, Youth 4 Sustainability Hub, January 18-19 Atlantic Council Forums January 18 – WiSER Forum, January 19, Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum. 

Delivering ADSW 2022 successfully can only be achieved by the ongoing support of our global sponsors and partners; Abu Dhabi Department of Energy; Aramex, Bee’ah, Crédit Agricole, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; Engie, Etihad Airways, General Electric, InvestCorp, McKinsey & Company, Mubadala Investment Company, Pepsico, Power China; Tabreed, and the UAE Space Agency. 

Registration details for ADSW events can be found on www.adsw.ae.

 


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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Concludes Special Edition at COP28 With Call for Continued Climate Action Dialogue

• Held under the patronage of UAE President HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ADSW activities provided platform for urgent climate discussions addressing the just transition to a net-zero future
• Anchor event ADSW Summit attended by HH Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council
• ADSW Summit brought leaders from the public sector, civil society and business to discuss sustainable investments, climate innovations and financial inclusion
• 10 roundtables engaged over 200 thought leaders at ADSW Special Edition
• ADSW Live welcomed over 20 ministers, CEOs and NGO leaders to its COP28 studio
• Inaugural ADSW Digital Art Competition winner announced during COP28

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the ADSW Special Edition at COP28 took place during the UAE’s hosting of the UN Climate Change Conference, marking the nation’s Year of Sustainability and enabling timely, relevant climate conversations.

Championed by the UAE and its clean energy powerhouse, Masdar, the ADSW Special Edition at COP28 brought together crucial thought leaders at a pressing time. ADSW bridged the Blue and Green Zones at COP28 to maintain worldwide climate momentum through impactful and inclusive dialogue between all global stakeholders and translating pledges into practical solutions. World leaders, global CEOs and international sustainability advocates participated throughout ADSW’s events to discuss key sustainability issues, including the green energy transition, scaling climate tech, the circular economy, accelerating clean hydrogen, ensuring food and water security, decarbonizing cities and more.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said: “As the world came together in the UAE to drive the global climate agenda, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week rose to the occasion in its Special Edition at COP28, gathering together the voices from around the globe who are sounding the urgent call for climate action – as ADSW has tirelessly done for the past 15 years. In this new era of sustainability, the forum that ADSW provides is more crucial than ever as a place for the conversations that transform pledges into action.”

The flagship ADSW Summit brought together over 700 global decision-makers and thought leaders in sustainability to discuss innovative pathways to net zero, practical solutions to finance climate action, and transformative tech for food and energy security. The event was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; His Excellency Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State; His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and President of COP28; His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Her Excellency Sara Awad Issa Musallam, Chairperson of Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge; His Excellency Engineer Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Abu Dhabi Chairman of the Department of Energy; His Excellency Ahmed Jassem Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development; and His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

ADSW Summit speakers included the Hon Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados; Ray Dalio, Founder and CIO Mentor of Bridgewater Associates; Ignacio S. Galán, Executive Chairman of Iberdrola, S.A.; Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar; Hon Seve Paeniu, Minister of Finance of Tuvalu; HE Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister for Energy and Infrastructure, United Arab Emirates; Maví Zingoni, Chief Executive Officer, GE Power, and Cate Ambrose, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, The Global Private Capital Association.

During the ADSW Summit, HE Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), provided more details about the newly launched Global Climate Finance Centre, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, which will accelerate global climate finance and market design.

A series of outcome-focused ADSW roundtable discussions ran throughout the ADSW Special Edition at COP28 to foster new initiatives, build new partnerships and create impact at scale to reach net zero. In a broad, multistakeholder approach, the roundtables hosted participants from across COP28’s Blue and Green zones in focused dialogues to accelerate climate action around reaching net-zero in the built environment, investing in the decarbonization of heavy industry, making petrochemicals part of the circular economy, scaling climate tech, developing the clean hydrogen economy, future proofing family enterprises from climate financial risks, leveraging data to decarbonize cities, investing in sustainable and equitable food systems, developing clean water solutions for climate adaptation and addressing the health challenges caused by climate change.

The ADSW Partnership Hub ran a series of structured collaborative activities at the Alif Pavilion December 5–6, where many of the ADSW roundtables took place, creating a space for delegates and the broader public to exchange ideas and build successful and meaningful collaborations and business relationships. In addition to roundtables, the Hub hosted panels and networking events to advance climate action, including a day of discussions supporting SMEs in their net-zero journey, in partnership with SustainUAE, and a dedicated program on Abu Dhabi as a clean energy capital, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office.

The inaugural ADSW Digital Art Competition announced its winner during COP28, with artistic duo Nastplas named the overall winner. With an overarching theme of preserving the planet, the competition invited emerging and established artists of all ages from across the globe to create original digital artworks that align with COP28's critical climate action themes. Artists were asked to capture how precious and vulnerable the planet is to raise awareness about climate change and inspire climate action. The competition received over 100 submissions, with 33 percent of submitted artworks created by AI and 55% submitted by women artists.

ADSW’s virtual content platform, ADSW Live streamed a series of events and interviews live and direct from the Green Zone, capturing daily reaction to climate discussions, and sharing timely, relevant sustainability-oriented content wrap-ups. More than 20 interviews across five days brought ministers, CEOs and NGO leaders from around the world into the ADSW Live studio at COP28, including HE Dr. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco; Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium; Nyanta Spelman, CEO and Founder of the Rainforest Partnership; Mercedes Vela Monserrate, CEO of the Global Climate Finance Centre; Dr. Thomas Becker, Group Vice President of Sustainability at BMW; Andrew Harper, Special Advisor on Climate Action, UNHCR; Julia Souder, Chief of the Global Renewables Alliance; Dr. Omnia El Omrani COP28 Envoy for Health; Derek Rozycki, Head of Responsible Investing at Mubadala.

Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) hosted the first Arab Women Leaders' Summit in collaboration with the UAE COP28 Presidency, exploring the critical relationship between gender equality and climate action, and Youth for Sustainability (Y4S) hosted the Y4S Forum at COP28 to provide a platform for youth to engage in fruitful discussions, share their voices, discuss ideas and promote solutions to engage youth in climate mitigation.

Other major events throughout the week included the COP28 edition of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum (ADSFF) and the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum. ADSFF explored the global financial sector’s increasing focus on unleashing the trillions of dollars in private finance needed to power the world toward net zero by the middle of the century. The eighth Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum brought energy industry executives, policymakers and thought leaders together to set the energy agenda for the year ahead.

ADSW at COP28 confirmed sponsors include the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Emirates Global Aluminium, Emirates Steel Arkan, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Investcorp, Abu Dhabi Chamber, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Mubadala, Huawei Tech, HSBC, GE Vernova, Baker Hughes, Agthia Group, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, BEEAH, SLB, Gotion, Inobat and Ne’ma.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is looking forward to joining those who will gather to champion the sustainable energy transition at the World Future Energy Summit taking place April 16–18, 2024 in Abu Dhabi.

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05 DEC 2023

Winner of Inaugural ADSW Global Digital Art Competition Announced

• Competition received hundreds of submissions from artists around the world, with overall winner from Spain chosen from shortlist of three
• Artwork focused on impacts of climate change and the urgent need for climate action
• Awarding Ceremony took place during the ADSW Summit, held during the Special Edition of ADSW at COP28

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), a global initiative championed by the UAE and its clean energy powerhouse Masdar, today announced the winner of its inaugural Global Digital Art Competition, harnessing the power of visual creativity to communicate the urgency of addressing climate change through the creative, dynamic and diverse medium of digital art.

With an overarching theme of preserving the planet, the competition invited emerging and established artists of all ages from across the globe to create original digital artworks that align with COP28's crucial climate action themes. Artists were asked to capture how precious and vulnerable the planet is to raise awareness about climate change and inspire climate action.

The overall winning artwork by artistic duo Nastplas, was announced during the awards ceremony at the ADSW Summit, the anchor event of the ADSW Special Edition at COP28. Artworks from the competition will be displayed across various events of the ADSW Special Edition.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar, said: “The ADSW Global Digital Art Competition is a powerful reminder that climate action must be a collective effort. Launched in 2008, ADSW embodies this idea, as a global initiative championed by the UAE and Masdar that continues to facilitate the growth of partnerships and cooperation toward climate action. I would like to thank all artists who took part in the competition and congratulate the three finalists who were able to join us here at COP28 in the UAE.”

The Competition’s selection committee consisted of: Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives, Masdar; Dyala Nusseibeh, Director of Abu Dhabi Art; Daria Prodaevich, Managing Director of the Theatre of Digital Art; Rita Magnus, who leads Arts and Culture Programming at COP28, as well as Emirati artists Diaa Allam, Khalil Abdulwahid and Sultan Al Ramahi.

Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Executive Director, Brand & Strategic Initiatives, Masdar said: “Art has the power to focus our attention and create change. 33 percent of artworks submitted were created with AI, and 55 percent of submissions received were from women. These numbers reiterate that inclusive cooperation is vital – all voices to achieve climate action are needed. On behalf of the Selection Committee, I would like to congratulate the winner and thank all the artists who submitted artworks from across the globe.”

ADSW continues to play a critical role in maintaining worldwide climate momentum at COP28, by enabling impactful and inclusive dialogue between all global stakeholders, translating pledges into practical solutions for a net-zero future.

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Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed attends ADSW Summit Inauguration at COP28

His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has attended the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Summit inauguration, part of the ADSW Special Edition at COP28, at Expo City, Dubai.

The ADSW Summit was also attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; His Excellency Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State; His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and President of COP28; His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Her Excellency Sara Awad Issa Musallam, Chairperson of Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge; His Excellency Engineer Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Abu Dhabi Chairman of the Department of Energy; His Excellency Ahmed Jassem Al Zaabi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development; and His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

During the visit, His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi highlighted the high priority given by the UAE to sustainability initiatives as part of the country’s ongoing development journey. His Highness pointed out that declaring the year 2023 the Year of Sustainability under the theme ‘Today for Tomorrow’ reflects the UAE leadership’s unwavering commitment to championing environmental initiatives, encouraging local, regional, and international community engagement, and supporting global efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and help build a more sustainable future for coming generations.

His Excellency Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President, said: "With the world coming together for climate action at COP28 here in the UAE, the ADSW Summit has provided a unique opportunity to further engage with leaders from across the world to focus keeping 1.5 within reach. Cooperation, collaboration, and the role of partnerships are vital in the climate conversation, and I look forward to the world uniting to take even more action during COP28.”

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, provided Opening Remarks at the Summit. During his remarks, he highlighted the important legacy of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in bringing together public sector, civil society, and business to achieve climate action, and that as the world looks for solutions to tackle the greatest challenge of our lifetime, there is no better example than the United Arab Emirates and Masdar.

Under the theme ‘United on Climate Action’, the international gathering has brought together forward-thinking leaders from the public sector, civil society, and business to discuss sustainable investments, climate innovations and financial inclusion for a just transition to a net-zero future.

The ADSW Summit featured a series of keynote speeches, fireside chats and panel discussions focusing on sustainable investments, climate innovations, and financial inclusion for a just transition.

Throughout COP28, ADSW continues to provide a bridge for thought leadership by hosting events in both the blue and green zones, enabling timely and relevant climate action conversation and debate to accredited parties, observer delegates and the general public.

In the Green Zone, the ADSW Partnership Hub will run a series of structured collaborative activities on December 5 and 6, bringing together delegates and attendees to advance collaborations toward climate action. The Hub will host panels, roundtables, and networking events that will engage and encourage participants to exchange ideas, learn from each other, and build valuable partnerships.

The ADSW Special Edition is focused on enabling impactful and inclusive dialogue between all global stakeholders and translating pledges into practical solutions.