UAE to play major role at Rio+20.Summary: The UAE will have a strong presence at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Sustainable development is a socio-ecological process characterized by the fulfilment of human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely. The linkage between environment and development was globally recognized in 1980, when the International Union (Rio+20), said Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs foreign affairs
Affairs concerning international relations and national interests in foreign countries. and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The UAE will have a strong presence at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), said Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber on Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He discussed the nation's participation ahead of the international conference, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20 to 22, to which the UAE will send a delegation of high-ranking officials.
Rio+20 will focus on the two themes of building a green economy to promote sustainable development and lift people out of poverty, and improving international coordination on sustainable development initiatives. Addressing the issue of sustainability, Dr Al Jaber said: "The UAE is advancing this vision through innovative ideas and advanced technologies to build sustainable cities, promote the use of renewable energy Renewable energy utilizes natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity to biomass and biofuels for transportation. and become more responsible stewards of the environment."
Along with its active involvement in the creation of 'sustainable development goals,' which Rio+20 hopes to put forth in support of the United Nation's (UN) Millennium Development Goals “MDG” redirects here. For other uses, see MDG (disambiguation).
The Millennium Development Goals are eight goals that 192 United Nations member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. , the UAE delegation will co-host an official UN event entitled "Black gold and the green economy: A hydrocarbon exporters' perspectives on sustainability", he added. As a 2012 recipient of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP UNEP United Nations Environment Program(me)
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UNEP University of Northeastern Philippines ) 'Champions of the Earth" award for his leadership of Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy project, Dr. Al Jaber will deliver a keynote address keynote address
An opening address, as at a political convention, that outlines the issues to be considered. Also called keynote speech.
Noun 1. at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's "Sustainable Energy
Sustainable energy sources are energy sources which are not expected to be depleted in a timeframe relevant to the human race, and which for All" reception, which is also co-sponsored by the UAE.
In the buildup to Rio+20, UNEP, on Thursday, released the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5), a global assessment of the environment conducted over three years by more than 600 experts across the world. The report found that in spite of the existence of over 500 internationally agreed upon goals and objectives, the world is still rapidly approaching a number of 'critical thresholds' beyond which the planet will face sudden and irreversible damage.
"If the current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and 'decoupled', then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation," said UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
GEO-5 states, however, said that the trend may still be reversed by changing and strengthening existing sustainability policies. The report highlights the success of international treaties and agreements that set up measurable targets, calling for wider use of the approach. It also recommends that greater attention be given to policies that address the 'drivers' of environmental change, such as population growth, unsustainable consumption patterns and fossil fuel-based energy consumption.
"The moment has come to put away the paralysis of indecision, acknowledge the facts and face up to the common humanity that unites all people," said Steiner. "Rio+20 is a moment to turn sustainable development from aspiration and patchy implementation into a genuine path of progress and prosperity for this and the generations to come."
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