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Stage set for Environment 2003 Exhibition and Conference

posted on 22/01/2003: 1370 views

Under the patronage of President HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the stage is set for Abu Dhabi to host Environment 2003 Exhibition and Conference which will be held under the theme "Environment and Energy". The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA in co-operation with the General Exhibition Cooperation is organizing this major international conference and exhibition on the environment, scheduled to take place from 2 to 5 February 2003.

Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Secretary General, said in the press conference held at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre yesterday that the overall objective of this event is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among decision-makers, scientists, industrialists, strategists and economists involved in the environment and energy sectors.

The event is expected to provide a valuable opportunity for decision makers to be acquainted with the experience of other nations and the advanced technology employed. They will also be able to benefit from new, appropriate and transferable technologies and create awareness of the growing concern about energy and environment as an important part of the globalisation process. Al Mansouri noted that "Active input from the World Energy Council is expected through their contribution to the discussion of the different issues of the Conference. This is in addition to their holding their annual meeting during the Conference. The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ECSWA) will also contribute by presenting papers on themes and sub themes of the Conference".

He said that the carefully planned Conference agenda includes four days of thought-provoking presentations by around 55 high profile speakers, interactive debates and discussions by distinguished panellists The opening session will commence with an address from H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the patron of the event, followed by the organizers' remarks. Prior to the official opening of the event, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and ESCWA speeches will be delivered, according to an ERWDA press release. He pointed out that the conference's programme will focus also on the development of an integrated environment-energy strategy for the region building upon and consolidating the provisions of the Abu Dhabi Declaration in achieving sustainable development.

The Abu Dhabi Declaration is a culmination of plans and strategies for sustainable environmental development in the Arab region in the 21st century. "The presentations delivered will cover five main themes which include 'Energy Policy and its Implications for Sustainable Development,' 'Environmentally Sound Energy Technology', 'Environment and Industry', 'Socio-economic Aspects of Energy Management', and the final one being 'Integrative Approaches to Energy and the Environment.' There are 11 sub themes some of which are the socio-economic implications of energy, poverty alleviation, and clean production strategies" said Al Mansouri.

On the second day, a workshop on "Clean Development Mechanisms" will be held. The Conference will conclude with a panel discussion on an integrated approach to tackle the issues brought forth during the three days (policies, technologies present and future, and socio-economic aspects). Al Mansouri said that "Speakers of the conference will include some of the world's top scientists and professionals, from the United States, Europe, Asia and North Africa, working on environmental and conservation issues".

Participants who share a profound interest and knowledge in the global environment and the important issue of sustainable development will also be arriving from various countries, industries, non-governmental and international organizations. Al Mansouri announced that the launching of Abu Dhabi Declaration on Energy and Environment will coincide with the Exhibition and Conference 2003. The Declaration will be endorsed by the Ministers of Energy and Environment in the Arab region in the meeting scheduled to be held on February 3. The Arab ministers of energy and environment will discuss in the meeting how to reach a balance between energy and environment.

This is the first gathering of ministers responsible for the environment and for energy. It is worthwhile to note that the Federal Environment Agency (FEA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the UAE University are supporters for the conference. The co-organizers of the conference are the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The event is sponsored by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) while Offset, Shell, BP, Total Fina Elf and Dolphin Energy Ltd. are all co-sponsoring. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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