World Green Economy Summit Steering Committee holds 17th meeting to discuss final details in preparation for 2016 conference

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Dubai - MENA Herald: His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, today hosted the 17th Steering Committee meeting to finalize preparations and speakers for the third World Green Economy Summit (WGES), which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. The summit is operating under the new banner theme of “Driving the Global Green Economy”, and will take place from 5th to 6th October at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA), and Chairman of WGES, led the Steering Committee meeting, which was also attended by Waleed Salman, Vice Chairman of the Summit, Executive Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at DEWA; Dr. Yousef Al Akraf, Chairman of Logistics Committee, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA; Jens Nielsen, CEO, World Climate Limited; Dawood Al Shezawi, Executive Vice President of Commercial Affairs and Business Development, Saeed Gubash, Senior Manager - Investment Management, and members of the Support Team.

HE Al Tayer said: “The summit aims to drive the green economy, and is fully aligned with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which aims to provide 7% of Dubai’s energy from clean sources by 2020, 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.”

He added: “Concerted efforts and endeavours undertaken at all levels are important to make WGES 2016 stand out on a global platform, shedding light on the role that UAE plays in achieving sustainable development, green growth, and the nation’s commitments to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.”

The Steering Committee discussed the latest updates in preparing for the Summit, and its main topics, and key speakers confirmed to date. Furthermore, the Committee discussed the expected outcomes and recommendations to be announced at the Summit’s close.

WGES 2016 is hosted by DEWA, under the umbrella of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in collaboration with World Climate Ltd, and supported by the United Nations and international partners. The Summit runs in conjunction with 18th session of Water, Energy & Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show 2016.

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