WHAT IS ABU DHABI SUSTAINABILITY WEEK (ADSW)?
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is a manifestation of the UAE’s proactive, forward thinking approach to sustainability and its commitment to furthering our understanding of the major social, economic and technology trends shaping the world today.
ADSW brings together a unique fusion of policy makers, industry specialists, technology pioneers and the next generation of sustainability leaders. These key stakeholders come together across an exciting array of summits, forums and exhibitions to collaborate and take action.
WHEN IS ADSW?
12-19 January 2019
WHY IS ADSW IMPORTANT?
ADSW provides a unique opportunity to hear from global leaders and network with policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, scientists, business leaders and academics – to discuss, debate, and ultimately address the sustainability challenges of the future.
HOW DO YOU REGISTER FOR ADSW?
If you are interested in attending ADSW as a guest, please register here
If you are interested in attending ADSW as a Delegate to attend a paid conference, please register here: https://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/register-your-interest
If you are interested in attending WFES as an Exhibitor, please register here: https://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/book-your-stand
For more information related to WFES please visit: www.wfes.ae
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO REGISTER FOR ADSW 2019?
WHAT IS THE THEME OF ADSW 2019?
INDUSTRY CONVERGENCE: ACCELERATING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Today the convergence of advanced digital technologies like data, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT), are not only improving business operations, but unlocking entirely new business paradigms, transforming nations, and driving real socio-economic change.
Most industries will be transformed by the rapid development of these increasingly interconnected technologies, which offer businesses and countries huge opportunity for efficiencies and insight. In the last ten years, a significant increase in data and computational power has spurred AI and IoT innovation, with a growing focus on how to leverage these technological breakthroughs to achieve sustainable development.
WHAT ARE THE PILLARS OF ADSW 2019?
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week has three central pillars that include energy, water and mobility. However, we understand that sustainability is not limited to just one industry or field. In fact, the rapid convergence of industries is accelerating the development of technological innovations that could significantly improve the social, economic and environmental aspects of the world. In addition to its central pillars, ADSW will address other relevant fields each year and explore how these are driving human progress and delivering a more sustainable world. The ADSW pillars for 2019 include:
WHY IS YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SO IMPORTANT TO ADSW?
One in four people in the world today is aged between 15 - 29: that’s nearly 1.8 billion in total, more than at any other point in human history.
The world has an unprecedented opportunity today to lay the foundations to build a better future for young people and to develop their skills. This becomes even more critical to sustainability when considering the potential skills and jobs that may be required in the future. 85% of jobs which will exist in 2030 have yet to be invented.
The risk of ignoring youth or leaving out those from marginalised backgrounds is too high; today’s youth are going to drive the world’s sustainability agenda. If we do not empower them and equip them with the insight, skills and knowledge needed to deliver on the global sustainability goals, we will not attain the type of prosperous, sustainable future to which we all aspire.
WHY IS THE WEEK HELD IN ABU DHABI IN THE UAE?
The UAE has a rich history and legacy of supporting sustainability, which is reflected in the vision of the UAE’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed’s lifelong commitment to social, economic and political sustainability. This sprit has underpinned everything the UAE has done and shaped its ambitious yet sensible policies and national goals, particularly its efforts to diversify the economy in order to remain adaptable and agile and thrive in a changing world.
The UAE was the first country in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to address sustainability. Through its Vision 2021 agenda and its Green Growth Strategy, the UAE has one of the most progressive sustainable development strategies within the region. The country is also committed to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and has established a series of funds and initiatives to work towards these goals both at national and international levels.
The UAE established Masdar in 2008 to advance renewable energy deployment in the country, and developed the first solar photovoltaic power plant in the region with the Masdar 10 megawatt (MW) solar array in Masdar City. As the ‘first mover’ in clean energy and sustainable development, Masdar has developed some of the world’s largest and most ambitious sustainability projects. These flagship projects are a shining example to the rest of world and have contributed to driving down the cost of similar projects being built in other regions.
WHAT ARE THE NEW PROGRAMMES AT ADSW 2019?
ADSW 2019 will be launching two new programmes: the Youth 4 Sustainability Hub and the Future Summit.
The Youth 4 Sustainability Hub will be a dedicated platform for educating and empowering youth to become future sustainability leaders.
The Future Summit will be a high-level international summit that brings together government ministers, policy makers, and industry leaders to carve out a pathway for a sustainable future.