Speakers revealed for World Green Economy Summit

Two-day event has attracted global interest

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A prestigious list of speakers have been revealed for the World Green Economy Summit (WDES) in Dubai on 15 and 16 April.

E Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), told a press conference on Wednesday that His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; and Her Excellency Helen Clark, Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, will both be speaking at the event.

He said: “The global interest that we witnessed following the announcement of organizing the “World Green Economy Summit” is demonstrated in the prominent global organizations contributing to the program and the speakers being leaders of finance, business, thinkers and policy makers who have achieved remarkable success all over the world."

H.E. Dr. Thani Al – Zeyoudi, Director, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sayed Aqa, UNDP Resident Representative in the United Arab Emirates and Adnan Amin, Director-General International Renewable Energy Agency – IRENA, delivered short speeches in support of the WGES 2014 and later signed a partnership agreement with Al Tayer putting IRENA among other global organizations like UNDP, State of Green and Regions 20, supporting the summit.

“I’m pleased to announce new partnerships that support the 'World Green Economy Summit' and look to this leading initiative in the Middle East and North Africa region as a demonstration of the leadership and excellence of Dubai, which seeks not only to become a smart and green city but also to become an incubator of innovation to enhance the efficient use of resources and pave the way for youth to effectively participate in the transition to a green economy.” Said Al Tayer as he listed Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and the Global Buildings Performance Network as new partners for the event.

Waleed Salman, vice chairman and secretary-general of the organizing committee saidthat leading executives and leaders are engaged in putting together a comprehensive program that will address the entire green economy framework.

“The WGES 2014 program has five pillars: green regulation, green finance, green innovation, green partnerships and green marketplace. We aim to raise and find innovative solutions for all fundamental questions. The summit platform will drive collaboration and partnerships to accelerate the transition to a green economy and create a Green Economy Market Place in the region.”

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