Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is to host an action day for world leaders to discuss workable solutions to achieve the COP21 goal of reducing global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius.
The Abu Dhabi Global Action Day, which will be held on January 18, will aim to turn the ambitious goals of COP21 into practical and innovative policy, investment, technology and partnership solutions.
The event hopes to build on the momentum for climate action that was generated from the successful outcome of the Paris Conference.
The announcement was made by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General and Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Minister and COP 21 President.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is the first major international gathering following the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.
“It will serve as a pivotal platform to turn political commitments into practical action. I welcome the UAE’s leadership in sustaining the political momentum from Paris to achieve a better future for people and our planet.”
The event, which was a result of various high-level consultations at COP21 between the United Nations, the United Arab Emirates and France, will have a particular focus on the role of both the public and private sector in action that can be taken to tackle climate change before 2020.
Fabius said: “The Paris Agreement was widely welcomed as an ambitious and historic outcome. We now need to quickly shift to implementation. The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will play an important role in this regard, as it has the convening power to pinpoint solutions from both those inside and outside the negotiation process.”
The event will also look at ADSW’s role as a platform for launching new technologies, policies and financing.
“The UAE is committed to driving forward the path to a sustainable future through diversifying our economy,” said Al Jaber. “We welcome our partners to Abu Dhabi and look forward to identifying areas of collaboration and encouraging solutions to commercialise new technologies that address climate change.”
The event will be attended by Ban and Fabius, along with ministers from Morocco and high-level representatives from the private sectors.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.