The UAE has named 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’ as it looks to host the COP28 climate change conference
The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has announced 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability.” This designation will be marked by a variety of initiatives, activities, and events that align with the UAE’s commitment to sustainability and the principles of its late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The initiatives will be focused on environmental, economic and social sustainability. This decision is in line with the UAE’s Vision 2021, which focuses on building a sustainable future for the country and its citizens.
In addition to promoting sustainability across various sectors, the “Year of Sustainability” in the United Arab Emirates will also place a specific emphasis on environmental sustainability. This will be achieved through inspiring collective action and fostering a nationwide commitment to sustainable practices, in alignment with the UAE’s national strategy.
The initiative aims to engage and bring together all members of the UAE community, with the goal of working together towards a prosperous and sustainable future for the country.
As part of the “Sustainability Year” in the United Arab Emirates, the initiatives aim to demonstrate the country’s dedication to fostering a global collaboration in identifying and implementing innovative solutions to various sustainability-related challenges, such as energy and climate change.
The year-long initiatives will be led and overseen by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, and Sheikha Mariam bint Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. These initiatives will provide an opportunity for the UAE to share its expertise and best practices with other countries and to learn from their experiences. The focus of the initiatives will be on promoting sustainable development, protecting the environment, and ensuring a better quality of life for all.
President Sheikh Mohamed announced that sustainability has been a fundamental principle in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since its unification. The country has been recognized as an exceptional model for environmental conservation and resource management, and it continues to strive for sustainability in all its endeavors. He also acknowledged the late Sheikh Zayed as a global leader in environmental and climate action, who left behind a legacy that the UAE continues to follow and emulate today. He emphasized that the nation’s commitment to sustainability is not just a recent development, but it has been an integral part of the country’s identity and heritage since its foundation.
President Sheikh Mohamed announced that the theme “Today for Tomorrow” embodies the United Arab Emirates (UAE) approach and commitment to sustainability and its responsibility to ensure the protection of future generations.
He emphasized that by taking actions today, the nation is working towards leaving behind a legacy of stewardship for future generations, similar to how their ancestors have done for them.
He also highlighted that the Year of Sustainability has particular significance as the UAE is preparing to host the 28th United Nations climate change summit, Conference of Parties (COP28), which will provide an opportunity to showcase the country’s efforts towards sustainable development and its commitment to tackle climate change.
President Sheikh Mohamed announced that the United Arab Emirates is determined to set a precedent in collective global efforts to address climate change through the COP28 conference.
He stressed that the country is committed to promoting sustainable practices at an individual and community level, and he invited all members of the community, including individuals and institutions, to engage with the initiatives and activities of the Year of Sustainability and work together towards a more sustainable future.
The “Year of Sustainability” solidifies the country’s commitment to address current challenges related to sustainability, and notable examples include the “Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative,” which outlines the country’s efforts to promote environmental protection and create thriving communities that are ideal for living and working.
The United Arab Emirates has recently announced its continued commitment to sustainability following the successful completion of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2023. The event, which brought together state leaders and officials from around the world, solidifies the UAE’s position as a leader in promoting sustainability awareness both within the country and internationally. The announcement also reinforces the UAE’s dedication to addressing the challenges associated with sustainability, including the promotion of clean energy and the creation of impactful partnerships for the benefit of the global community.
The United Arab Emirates and the United States have formed a partnership called The UAE-US Partnership for Accelerating Clean Energy (PACE) with the goal of significantly increasing the deployment of clean energy. The partnership aims to catalyze $100 billion in financing and other forms of support, as well as deploying 100 gigawatts of clean energy by 2035, in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and other emerging economies worldwide. This partnership is a significant step towards achieving a sustainable future and addressing the challenges associated with climate change.