Statement issued by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water on First PAGE Conference

Statement issued by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water at a press conference:

UAE, 17 december 2013 - We are pleased to meet all of you today to announce UAE hosting for the first global Partnership for Action on Green Economy conference, which is organized by the Ministry of Environment and Water in collaboration with United Nations Environment Program, International Labor Organization, United Nations Industrial Development Organization and United Nations Institute for Training and Research Under the patronage of His Highness Shiekh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoom Vise President Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai that assure UAE leadership commitment toward adapting and implementing green economy on the national and international level as a strategic option to achive sustainable development goals.

I am pleased as well to welcome my friend His Excellency Achim Steiner United Nations Under Secretary and Executive Director of UNEP our strategic partners in organizing this international conference and appreciate his support for our bid for hosting the conference. And thanking and appreciating the important and vital role played by UNEP in all environmental matters.

Green economy is considered as one of the important sustainable solutions to solve and rectify the impacts of the development on the environment, especially when our environmental resources were affected negatively by the massive economical development that was witnessed by the world in the last years. That leads to the escalation of several environmental problems on the national and international levels such as climate change and biodiversity degradation and pollution.

The conference will be an opportunity to review the progress on implementing the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication following Rio+20, and also a chance to consider how greener economies can contribute to the emerging post-2015 development agenda and new global architecture for sustainability. Moreover, the conference will explore the context of the social benefits of transitioning to inclusive, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient green economies.

The PAGE partnership was launched earlier this year in response to country-led demand for support and training on how to implement green economy policies and best practices. The Rio+20 declaration, The Future We Want, also asked UN entities to support countries interested in making this transition by providing them with the tools and resources.

UAE started to consider transformation toward green economy seriousely since few years. The ministry of environment and water organized the first annual conference on green economy in 2008 for four years consecutively. The four organized conferences by the ministry contributed positively in defining the green economy and its benefits from environmental, economic and social perspectives. Many environmental and economic organizations participated in these conferences. Many initiatives were lunched as a result of these conferences and the major initiative was the lunch of UAE Green Growth Strategy under the slogan Green economy for Sustainable Development in January 2012 by His Highness Shiekh Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktoom and by this UAE became the first country announced officially its adaptation of green economy in the Middle east and northern Africa regions.

UAE is extending all the efforts to vigorously support international initiatives to protect the environment in full consciousness of its worldwide responsibility.

As a global nation, the UAE is committed to play its part in developing and implementing innovative solutions to protect and sustain the environment. New, energy-efficient technologies will harness the UAE’s pioneering role in the green revolution and reduce its carbon footprint. The government will act decisively to reduce the nation’s ecological deficit, promoting environmental awareness and responsible behavior among Emiratis.

In addition, the UAE, in close collaboration with the PAGE partners, will invite high-level government representatives and policymakers to take part in the conference.

The conference will be an opportunity to review the progress on implementing the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication following Rio+20, and also a chance to consider how greener economies can contribute to the emerging post-2015 development agenda and new global architecture for sustainability. Moreover, the conference will explore the context of the social benefits of transitioning to inclusive, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient green economies.

The PAGE partnership was launched earlier this year in response to country-led demand for support and training on how to implement green economy policies and best practices. The Rio+20 declaration, The Future We Want, also asked UN entities to support countries interested in making this transition by providing them with the tools and resources.

Drawing on the expertise of its various members, PAGE assists participating states to build enabling conditions by shifting investment and policies towards the creation of a new generation of assets, such as clean technologies, resource-efficient infrastructure, well-functioning ecosystems, green skilled labour and good governance.

As evidence has increasingly shown, transitioning to a green economy is at the heart of job creation, cleaner production, capacity building and natural resource management – all of which are essential components for building a more sustainable future.

The conference will take place in Dubai on the 4th and 5th March 2014. Around 500 high level international people representing the members governments in the united nations and the private sector and the civil society and more than 30 ministers will participate in this international event in addition to the representatives of relevant international organizations such as:

  • International labor organization
  • UN industrial development organization
  • World bank
  • International monetary fund
  • Global green growth institute

More than 300 international and regional organizations and governments were invited to participate in this conference.

At the national level, the ministry would be keen to invite all relevant entities to green economy in the public and private sectors, in particular in the fields of oil, gas, electricity and water, industry, transport, urban planning and waste, in order to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the conference discussions and experiences of other States in support and accelerate the pace of our efforts to move toward green economy.

The Ministry of Environment and Water, which is honored to host this international conference, is keen on providing all ways to the success of this important international conference, and employing all the possibilities to organize with a high level that is aligned with the country reputation and prestigious patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president - the Prime minister – Ruler of Dubai.