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Julius Maada Wonie Bio visiting the AU Pavilion Design at the Expo 2020 in Dubai. (Image source: African Union at Expo 2020 Dubai)

The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, HE Julius Maada Wonie Bio, joined by his official delegation, has applauded the architectural layout and design of the African Union Pavilion at the Dubai Expo2020 in Dubai

87% of those surveyed after the event said they had achieved their goals of exhibiting. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

After a years gap due to the pandemic, Propak West Africa returned with 2,412 industry stakeholders attending the exhibition

The IATF2021 Roadshow in Cape Town featured a panel discussion under the theme Unlocking Regional and Global Value Chains Through the Implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). (Image source: IATF)

The Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021), organised by African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in collaboration with the African Union (AU) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, is being held in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, from 15-21 November 2021

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. (Image source: World Green Economy Summit)

The UAE endeavors to celebrate innovators and bright minds from around the world, attracting and encouraging them to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to global humanitarian and development challenges to ensure a brighter future for humanity

The awards that the UAE offers are a major factor in consolidating its position as an international hub for innovation, an attractive destination for creative minds, and an incubator for innovators from all over the world. 

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA), said that the numerous awards launched by the UAE show the growing role of the country and its wise leadership in transforming challenges into opportunities.

“The repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic have underlined the need to intensify global efforts to protect our planet. All the countries worldwide share the same fate. Therefore, there is a need for all of us to adopt green and sustainable policies, make smart investment in our natural resources to protect them from depletion, and reduce waste. The UAE has made considerable progress in the expansion of its clean and renewable energy projects, increasing digitisation and the use of the fourth industrial revolution technologies, promoting world-class infrastructure with the highest levels of reliability, efficiency and availability, and achieving leading results in its carbon emission reduction efforts,” added Al Tayer

Many international awards have been launched from the UAE. They have significantly stimulated innovations and led to effective solutions to challenges impeding sustainable growth. Some of the most prominent of these awards are:

Zayed Sustainability Prize

The UAE’s wise leadership launched the Zayed Sustainability Prize in 2008 to honour the legacy and vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to lay a solid foundation for sustainability. The prize honours global small and medium enterprises (SMEs), non-profit organisations, and high schools that present innovative, sustainable solutions capable of making a positive societal impact. The prize consists of five categories: health, food, energy, water, and global high schools. The 2022 winners will be announced during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2022.

The World Green Economy Summit

The World Green Economy Summit (WGES), which is organised by DEWA and the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO), plays a key role in raising awareness on green economy and promoting green projects in the UAE and the region. WGES, which is held this year under the theme ‘Galvanizing Action for a Sustainable Recovery,’  is a strategic platform to support international collaboration to address global challenges, enhance sustainable development and green economy investments, as well as encourage the adoption of effective relevant policies and plans. 

WGES attracts country heads, leaders, and influencers from across the globe. The event also draws thought leaders, specialists and experts in green economy and sustainable development along with CEOs, stakeholders, financial institutions, representatives of global markets, business leaders, and experts in the public and private sectors. The attendees discuss the different effective methods to face challenges and maximise available opportunities to drive the transformation towards green economy.  

The 7th WGES will take place on 6-7 October 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai. Coinciding with Expo 2020, this year’s summit is expected to have a wider reach compared to previous ones. This will improve WGES’ success in promoting Dubai’s position as a global hub for green economy

The Emirates Energy Award 

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy launched the Emirates Energy Award (EEA) to encourage individuals and establishments in the Middle East and North Africa to rationalise their energy and resource consumption, as well as highlight best practices in energy efficiency, clean energy, sustainability and environmental conservation. 

Ahmed Buti Al Muhairbi, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Energy, said, “We strive to enhance the position of the EEA by sharing the efforts and innovations of experts and stakeholders with regional and global energy communities. Our goal is also to cement the leading role of Dubai and the UAE in energy efficiency and sustainability. We look forward to offering advanced models and expertise to mark a new beginning for the region’s energy sector.” 

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