Sustainability in focus at Ecocity World summit

Abu Dhabi was selected to host the international event, with the UAE now the first Middle Eastern country in which the summit has been held

HE Falah Al Ahbabi, director general, UPC.
HE Falah Al Ahbabi, director general, UPC.

Abu Dhabi’s sustainable urban development will be the centre stage at the Ecocity World Summit 2015.

With the conference theme ‘Ecocities in Challenging Environments’, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) will play a prominent role at the summit, showcasing its Estidama sustainable development framework to an international audience and leading talks on ecological urban growth.

“The UPC is proud to be involved in the Ecocity World Summit, which is instrumental in bringing together government officials and industry experts to discuss issues that affect our cities, the challenges our communities face, and how we can change and develop them for the better,” said HE Falah Al Ahbabi, director general, UPC.

“Abu Dhabi is a relatively young city, and we are evolving at a tremendous pace as we work towards Vision 2030, under the guidance of our Leadership in line with their goal to become the leading sustainable and modern city.

“Ecocity encourages city representatives and specialists from around the world to share information on the very latest in international sustainability planning methodologies and processes to enhance our efforts in planning for our future generations. This summit presents an opportunity for us to put Abu Dhabi on the world stage as a benchmark for sustainability in the MENA region,” added Al Ahbabi.

Hundreds of academics, government officials and civic planners will convene at the Ecocity World Summit Abu Dhabi at ADNEC on 11-13 October for talks on how to build cities that are sustainable, healthy and attractive places to live, within a challenging arid environment.

Abu Dhabi was selected to host the international event after winning a competitive bid against a number of other cities, with the UAE now the first Middle Eastern country in which the summit has been held. 

UPC officials will lead discussions involving the world’s leading eco-thinkers, leaders of private and public sectors, academia, industry, government and the wider community.

First held in 1990, the Ecocity World Summit (ECWS) is the world’s longest-running series of meetings on sustainable cities. The biennial event will serve as a platform from which Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the Middle East can carry their eco-city visions forward. 

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