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In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Summit discusses ways to achieve a sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery
ABU DHABI, UAE, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice 
President of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 
Summit got underway this morning as part of ADSW 2021, the global platform for 
accelerating the pace of sustainable development. Hosted by Masdar, the event 
is being held virtually this year due to restriction in place to manage the 
COVID-19 pandemic.

His Highness welcomed the leaders, officials and experts participating in the 
sessions of this year's summit to discuss how to enact a 'green recovery' to 
help economies rebound from the pandemic and build a more sustainable future 
for all.

His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasized that the UAE is 
continuing its efforts under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin 
Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and with the support of His Highness 
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy 
Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to stimulate sustainable 
development, and said that ADSW is particularly relevant this year as it 
represents a global platform for dialogue and setting the sustainable 
development agenda based on the principles of the green recovery.

His Highness said: "In light of the exceptional circumstances that the world is 
experiencing, there is an urgent need to take practical steps and initiatives 
that contribute to accelerating the application of the principles and 
foundations of sustainable development, with the need to take proactive steps, 
plan for a more flexible future and strengthen capabilities in order to 
efficiently face the existing and emerging challenges.

"The Emirati initiatives, present to the world a practical model on the 
economic feasibility of renewable energy, stressing the importance of 
cooperation and joint work to achieve tangible progress in the field of 
reducing the repercussions of climate change".

His Highness said that Abu Dhabi continues, year after year, to consolidate its 
position and pivotal role as a platform that brings together the international 
community to discuss key issues in sustainability. He said that he hoped that 
this year's ADSW would be the starting point for constructive global dialogue 
on building a secure and stable future for current and future generations.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, delivered the Summit's 
keynote speech, thanked Abu Dhabi for hosting this event under these 
circumstances and said: "I believe the crisis we are experiencing is urging us 
to reinvent the ways we live, produce and travel in a more radical manner. It 
is urging us to rethink our relationship with nature and to reevaluate our 
priorities. In this respect, the coming year will be full of opportunities 
which we need to grasp."

His Excellency Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and 
Advanced Technology, Special Envoy for Climate Change and Chairman of Masdar, 
delivered a speech in which he welcomed the guests and participants of the 
Summit, praising the wise leadership's support for sustainable development.

His Excellency said that the COVID-19 pandemic was a wake-up call to humanity 
as a whole, and that it demonstrated the importance of sustainability in its 
broadest sense, and revealed the interdependence between health and food and 
resource security. His Excellency explained how efforts made by the UAE  to 
face the pandemic, through proactive measures enacted by the wise leadership,  
focused on enhancing resource security and supporting vital supply chains.

His Excellency stressed the concept of cooperation and building bridges of 
dialogue and communication, noting that the country will host the Dubai Expo 
later this year, with sustainability and the future as the main themes of this 

His Excellency touched on the Zayed Sustainability Prize and its role in 
promoting global sustainability efforts, as it has achieved a positive impact 
on more than 350 million people around the world. He said that the award has a 
special place among the UAE's leadership because it embodies the values and 
principles of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and 
especially his commitment to sustainable progress. His Excellency explained 
that the award will return in its usual form next year, with a focus on aspects 
of innovation and recovery for the post-COVID period.

(Note to editors: The full text of His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber's 
speech will be sent separately)

The ADSW Summit comprises three sessions of two hours each, and focuses on 
three topics: restoring the circle of life (Live & Move), enhancing 
responsibility and interaction (Care & Engage), and doing business and 
investment (Work & Invest). Each topic addresses the main issues and topics 
that would open the way for the many social, economic and technological 
opportunities to achieve a post-pandemic green recovery.

As well as the Summit, ADSW, which runs from January 18-21, hosts a series of 
high-level virtual activities, including the General Assembly of the 
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Abu Dhabi Forum for 
Sustainable Finance, and the Global Energy Forum of the Atlantic Council. the 
virtual forum for the "Youth for Sustainability" platform, and the World Future 
Energy Summit forums.

In addition to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; speakers at the 
summit include: His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Al-Waleed bin Talal Al 
Saud, Chairman of the Board of Directors of "KBW" Investment; His Excellency 
Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, Group 
Chief Executive Officer, and Managing Director of Mubadala Investment; Grace 
Fu, Minister of Sustainability and Environment of the Government of Singapore; 
Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Investment and 
Development Authority (Shurooq), and founder and CEO of Kalimat Group; His 
Excellency Engineer Aweidah Morshed Al Marar, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi 
Department of Energy; Francisco Lacamera, Director General of the International 
Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Maymouna Mohamed Sharif, Executive Director of 
UN-Habitat; Noel Quinn, CEO of HSBC Holding Group; Lawrence Fink, Chairman and 
CEO of BlackRock; And Dr Lucas Juba, CEO of Environmental Practices at 

Through its various initiatives and events, ADSW advances the process of 
exchanging knowledge, implementing strategies, and developing realistic 
solutions to face the challenges of sustainability and climate change. As the 
first major global event in 2021, the year in which the UAE celebrates its 50th 
anniversary, the week contributes a pioneering role in enhancing cooperation 
between the public and private sectors in order to achieve the United Nations' 
Sustainable Development Goals.

Since the launch of its activities more than a decade ago, ADSW has grown to 
become one of the largest gatherings concerned with sustainability in the 
world. The 2020 edition of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week attracted more than 
45,000 participants from more than 170 countries, and saw the participation of 
10 heads of state, in addition to 160 ministers and ambassadors.

To view the full program of ADSW 2021, please visit

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