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UAE expert joins Ki-Moon's climate-change advisory panel

posted on 20/06/2009: 686 views

The head of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company has been selected to join a panel of experts to advise the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on negotiating a new global climate-change treaty, "The National” daily paper reported.

Sultan Al-Jaber will assist the UN secretary general in advance of this year's summit in Copenhagen to finalise a successor agreement to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on targets for greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Abu Dhabi daily.

Al-Jaber joins luminaries such as Ratan Tata, chairman of India's Tata Group; Shi Zhengrong, founder, chief executive and chairman of Suntech Power Holdings, China's massive solar energy firm; and the former Costa Rican president Jos Figueres.

"My nomination is recognition of Abu Dhabi's continued leadership in and commitment to future energy solutions," he was quoted by the paper as saying.

The panel's chairman, Kandeh Yumkella, director general of the UN Industrial Development Organisation, said it was important to have an expert from the oil-rich Gulf among his advisory group.

"Mr Al-Jaber's country, and some other hydrocarbon-rich countries, are investing heavily in renewable energies," Yumkella said.

Following the panel's first meeting at UN headquarters in Manhattan on Wednesday, members will assemble in August and September to discuss ways of making energy production cleaner and more efficient, particularly in developing countries.

The group's strategy will contribute to a treaty on carbon emission targets that is being negotiated for world leaders to sign in Copenhagen in December. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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