Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, announced its participation and attendance at the fourth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) per annum, to be held in Abu Dhabi from 17 to 20 January 2011 with sponsored by Masdar.
The Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will talk to heads of state and international delegates at the WFES, a forum that encourages collaboration, innovation and investment opportunities in renewable energy sources, environment and clean technologies.
The visit of UN Secretary-General highlights the growing role that the UAE and Abu Dhabi to play in driving the worldwide adoption of renewable energy sources and clean technology innovation. Through Masdar, a multi-faceted initiative that promotes the development and deployment of alternative or renewable energy, Abu Dhabi has demonstrated its long-term commitment to discover a viable action plan towards sustainability.
‘The UAE is making great efforts to find solutions to energy challenges facing the world, particularly through the Masdar Initiative and the World Future Energy, a platform for international cooperation in energy sources renewable and sustainable, “said Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General. ‘I am also grateful for the contributions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of my high-level panel on global sustainability. ”
“Climate change is one of the defining challenges of our time,” added the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. “The world needs to find renewable energy and clean technologies that can mitigate its effects and position the world on a path of greater prosperity and sustainable economic growth. The search for these solutions requires the collaboration of governments, academic, business and civil society. The more we delay, more pay … resources, economic competitiveness and lives. ”
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change in the UAE, said “We are honored to welcome the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to the World Summit on Future Energy. Their presence is a testament to the growing contribution of Abu Dhabi and UAE to the dialogue on climate change and global energy. ”
‘The leadership of the Secretary General to ensure that address climate change within a global context and at the highest level of international cooperation has resulted in significant progress, “added Dr Al Jaber. ‘Their enthusiasm and personal commitment is shared by the leaders of the UAE, who have made significant emphasis on ensuring that the advancement of renewable energy sources and mitigation of climate change are key elements of our economic growth. ”
The fourth Global Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi Future exhibition and conference will be the world’s largest on solutions, innovations, investments, policies and visions of future and renewable energy. The WFES, which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) expects more than 25,000 attendees from around the world. The summit will cover a broad range of issues, including policies, financing investment and energy, green buildings, clean transport, energy sources, solar, wind and biofuels.