Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) which runs till January 23 is anchored on four key pillars: policy, business, leadership and awareness/research. It is the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East, and a significant platform for international dialogue and cooperation. The event will address the inter-linked challenges of energy and water security, climate change and sustainable development.
ADSW, hosted by Masdar – Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, will attract more than 33,000 delegates, including over 80 ministers and visitors from 170 countries. Attendees will include: Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico; James Michel, President of Seychelles; Tommy Remengesau, President of Palau; Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo; Tomislav Nikolie, President of Serbia; Muhammadu Buhari, President Nigeria; Henry Puna, Prime Minister of Cook Islands; and Abdelilah Benkirane, Prime Minister of Morocco.
The Mexican president will deliver the keynote address at the January 18 official opening ceremony.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also address the summit.
The conference is aimed at turning the ambitious goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into practical and innovative policy, investment, technology, and partnership solutions, with a focus on identifying actions that can be taken by both the public and private sectors.
The event will also host the awards ceremony of the eighth edition of the Zayed Future Energy Prize and feature Abu Dhabi Global Action Day.