17/01/2022 – Sustainability / Event / ADSW / Energy / Climate / Abu Dhabi / UAE
UAE convenes world leaders from policy, business and industry to accelerate sustainable development
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2022 – taking place from 15–19 January – will convene global leaders, including heads of state, policy-makers, and international business leaders, as the United Arab Emirates aims to take the agenda global sustainability forward and accelerate pathways to net zero.
Hosted by Masdar, ADSW 2022 will be the first major sustainability event after the COP26 climate change conference, and will act as a global catalyst for COP27, which will be held in Egypt in 2022, and COP28, which will be hosted by the UAE in 2023.
Held annually since 2008, ADSW has become one of the latest sustainability platforms in the world, with more than 45,000 people from 175 countries participating in ADSW 2020.
This year’s show is set to host heads of state, more than 500 global speakers, 150 government ministers, 1,000 international businesses, and 3,000 students.
Turning climate plans into action
“The next few years will be pivotal as we work together across policy, business and industry to accelerate progressive climate action that will deliver economic opportunities and prosperity for current and future generations,” stressed HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Special Envoy for Climate Change, and Chairman of Masdar.
“The UAE has a long-term vision that will build on our longstanding track record in innovating climate solutions across the entire energy spectrum,” he continued. “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week continues to offer an ideal platform for promoting, deploying and taking these climate solutions to scale around the world. Aligned with the UAE’s ‘Principles of the 50,’ it provide opportunities for global collaboration, knowledge sharing, investment and advancing new technological innovations that will take the global sustainability agenda forward and turn plans into action.”
Long roll-call of star speakers
In addition to heads of state, leaders confirmed to participate at ADSW include HE Mr António Guterres, UN Secretary General; Ms Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for all, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll); John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate; HE Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President Designate COP27; Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, COP26 President; Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization; Francesco La Camera, Director-General of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Ferid Belhaj, VP of the World Bank Group; HE Ban Ki-moon, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of the Global Green Growth Institute, Eighth Secretary-General of the UN; Rishi Kapoor, Co-CEO, Investcorp; and Karen Wong, Global Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing at State Street Global Advisors, one of the world’s largest asset managers with US$3.90 trillion under its management.
“To deliver a sustainable future for our planet, the collective action of all stakeholders is needed,” commented HE Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, ahead of her appearance at ADSW. “Even as we tackle the pandemic, we must not lose sight of other equally pressing global challenges. Governments, businesses, researchers, communities and individuals all have a role in addressing the challenges of climate change.
“ADSW provides us a timely opportunity to exchange views on our collective response, and the urgent steps needed. I thank His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for inviting me to speak at the Summit.”
MENA’s leader in sustainability and climate action
The hosting of ADSW is a key component in the UAE’s positioning as a regional and global leader in sustainability and climate action. Last October, the UAE announced its Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, a national drive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the first such initiative in the MENA region. The UAE was also the first Arab country to set voluntary clean energy targets, and the first Gulf state to sign the Paris Agreement.
Further demonstrating the UAE’s leading role in driving action on climate change, at home, in the region, and throughout the world, the ADSW Opening Ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony will take place at Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday 17th January to coincide with Global Goals Week. All other ADSW events will take place in Abu Dhabi or virtually.
Towards a net-zero future
Since its inception, ADSW has reflected the changing global sustainability landscape, broadening its scope from renewable energy and water, to include new global trends and topics like artificial intelligence, space and mobility. The number of ADSW events has also expanded over time, with the additions of the IRENA Assembly in 2010, the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) Forum in 2015, Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in 2017, Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum 2019, and the virtual ADSW Summit in 2021.
Taking place virtually on 17th January, the ADSW Summit will bring together global leaders to engage in dialogue and outline actions to achieve a net-zero future. Delivering global net-zero commitments and the journey to the COP28 climate change conference will be key topics for discussion at the ADSW Summit.
The World Future Energy Summit exhibition and forums, which take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) during ADSW from 17–19 January, will showcase exhibitors from nearly 1,000 international companies, supporting the global energy transition. Exhibiting companies will showcase the latest innovations for clean energy, water, smart cities, and ecowaste. Country pavilions participating at the World Future Energy Summit include China, India, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Nigeria.
Key ADSW dates
• 15-16 January - IRENA Assembly;
• 17 January – Opening Ceremony and the Zayed Sustainability Prize Awards Ceremony, ADSW Summit;
• 17-19 January – World Future Energy Summit, Innovate, Youth 4 Sustainability Hub;
• 18-19 January – Atlantic Council Forums;
• 18 January – WiSER Forum;
• 19 January – Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum.
In a statement, the show’s organisers said: “Delivering ADSW 2022 successfully can only be achieved by the on-going support of our global sponsors and partners; Abu Dhabi Department of Energy; Aramex, Bee’ah, Crédit Agricole, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; Engie, Etihad Airways, General Electric, InvestCorp, McKinsey & Company, Mubadala Investment Company, Pepsico, Power China; Tabreed, and the UAE Space Agency.”