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Mohamed bin Zayed receives top delegates to the high-level climate change meeting

posted on 06/05/2014: 1402 views

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday received at Al Bahr Palace a high-profile delegation of government, business and civil society leaders, who participated in the "Abu Dhabi Ascent 2014", a two-day high-level climate change meeting hosted by the UAE in partnership with the UN.

The delegation, who were accompanied by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and CEO of Masdar, and Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, included United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, and Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, former US Vice President Al Gore, UN Assistant Secretary General for Strategic Planning Robert Orr, among others.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the participants at the important UN meeting to the UAE, noting that the UAE places engagement in and contribution to international efforts to combat environmental degradation and mitigate impacts of climate change at the top of its priorities.

Before participating in these efforts, Sheikh Mohamed said the UAE had devised development plans which cater to environmental requirements and set up projects and developed solutions in areas of clean technology and renewable energy.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi expressed the hope that all countries and corporations would join hands to overcome challenges facing the environment and climate and take together through joint action a series of tangible and effective measures through which the world can reduce impact of climate change and ensure security of resources of energy, water and food.

A number of guests spoke about the vital importance of international cooperation in climate change and setting of legal and legislative frameworks for reducing negative impacts on the environment and climate. They also noted to the UAE's local and international initiatives, efforts and projects in this respect.

The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Qaiwain, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras al-Khaimah, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Omar bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and a number of Sheikhs, ministers and senior officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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