World Green Economy Summit set to open

Event held under theme 'Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future'

Picture for illustrative purposes only.
Picture for illustrative purposes only.

The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2014 is being held on 15-16 April under the theme of ‘Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future’.

The summit is being held under the patronage of Dubai's ruler, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and is  hosted by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), in association with World Climate.

It is the MENA region’s first event aimed at improving the profitability of sustainability practices, products and services, and falls in line with HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to build a sustainable green economy in the UAE.

Speaking ahead of the event, DEWA CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “The World Green Economy Summit is an extremely important step towards driving the UAE’s development into a green economy, through investment, green partnerships and the creation of a global market for green products, technologies and services.

Jens Nielsen, CEO of World Climate, added: “WGES will bring together top decision-makers in the field of green economy and sustainability, including governments, non-government organisations and key thinkers from the business sector, providing an important platform to look at the business opportunity around the green economy, and discuss ways a framework of action can be created.

“The UAE is taking great strides towards becoming a green economy, and the summit will see the unveiling of some important initiatives, strategies and projects in this field.”

The opening ceremony will be followed by plenary and breakout sessions, including ‘Success in Green Public Private Partnership’, ‘Smart Cities – Smart Infrastructure’ and ‘Road to Paris 2015’.

Day two of the Summit will include plenary sessions titled ‘Private Financing for the Green Economy’, ‘The Youth and Green Innovation’ and the closing session, ‘Dubai 2020 and Creating the Green Economy Market Place’.

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