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Zayed's achievement inspiration for Environment 2001

posted on 03/02/2001: 1469 views

Saeed bin Jaber Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ADCCI and Deputy Chairman of General Exhibitions Corporation, (GEC) said today that the inspiration for convening the Environment 2001 Exhibition and Conference in the capital from February 4 to 8, stems from the far-sighted vision and commitment of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to preservation of the country's environment and wildlife.

"The prestigious awards and accolades given to Sheikh Zayed by international organisations are concrete proof of the international community's respect and appreciation of his achievements in this field,” he said, in a speech read on his behalf at a press conference held today by Brigadier Sultan O. B. Al Suweidi, Director General of the GEC.

Al Suweidi quoted Sheikh Zayed as saying: "We spare no effort in caring for the environment , one of the essential ingredients of our history and heritage. We are responsible for preserving our environment and wildlife, not only for ourselves, but also for our children and our children's children..”

Al Suweidi observed that the World Bank has estimated that over the course of the next decade, the UAE alone will invest around 46 billion US dollars in projects related to the environment. "Throughout the Middle East and North Africa, several billion dollars will be invested every year in projects to generate adequate fresh water supplies. Our oil and gas industry is committed to spend many hundreds of millions of dollars in ensuring that its operations are carried out in such a way that adverse impact on the environment is minimised. Studies are now in progress on the way in which the UAE can utilise renewable and environment friendly sources of energy like solar power,” he said.

Al Suweidi said one of the highlights of the Environment 2001 event will be the special Projects Village. This is an innovative feature which will allow countries from the Middle East and North Africa to present their own environment projects of the past, present or future. The Village is designed to familiarise visitors with such projects throughout the region. "We believe it will prove to be an outstanding feature of Environment 2001, generating new ideas and demonstrating new possibilities,” he said.

Al Suweidi indicated that Environment 2001 as a whole will be unique show, the first truly international event of its kind in the region. "It covers a wide range of subjects, including management of water, land, air, energy, waste, scientific research and technology, as well as associated issues like environment finance and legal consulting,” he said. Environment 2001 will bring together manufacturers and developers of some of the world's most advanced environmental products, services and technologies, giving them an opportunity to present them to decision makers throughout the Middle East and North Arica, Al Suweidi said.

The issuance of the Abu Dhabi Declaration at the end of the event, which will seek to lay down guidelines for the sustainable use of resources in the Arab world throughout the 21st century, will be the first time that such a regional approach has been attempted, he said. A conference of Arab Environment Ministers will be held on February 3.

The associated conference with the theme "Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Development" has attracted distinguished participants from around the world, he said. In preparing for the event, the GEC has created new strategic partnerships, Al Suweidi said.

He acknowledged the role played by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, which has played an important part in organising the international conference. Support has also come from the Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, the UNDP and UNEP and major companies from the energy industry like ADNOC, BP, Shell and Total. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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