The UAE progresses on Sustainable Development Goals

19th January 2016

The UAE Ministry of International Cooperation & Development and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence sign Memorandum of Understanding
The MoU outlines their new collaboration and the Sustainable Development Goals


Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The UAE Ministry of International Cooperation & Development (MICAD) and Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence have formalized their agreement on reviewing areas of collaboration, identifying synergies and developing joined initiatives to further the UAE’s sustainable development.

The agreement was signed by Her Excellency Najla Al Kaabi, Assistant Undersecretary to the UAE Minister of International Cooperation and Development, and Waleed Salman, Chairman – Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence at the World Future Energy Summit, on the 18th of January, in the presence of HE Saeed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA and Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council Of Energy, and HE Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower

Under the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) projected by the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the national policies, the two parties will work closely in outlining the country’s sustainable framework and success stories of relevant sustainability goals. The report is estimated to be launched at the World Government Summit in February, 2016.

Speaking on the occasion, Her Excellency Najla Al Kaabi said, “The UAE sustainability commitment has infinite potential to improve the global business climate, and is a tool to calculate the UAE’s progress towards a economic, social and environmental excellence within the private and public sector innovation drive. This MoU represents a step forward towards the larger mission as outlaid by the government of the UAE.

The SDGs are an in-depth analysis of eco-efficient measures being implemented in the country, and will be the product of constructive cooperation of the UAE and United Nations towards fulfilling sustainable development.

“This MoU streamlines how the Sustainability Development Goals can contribute to the UAE and invites the private sector and individuals alike to participate in this initiative and contribute to the nations efforts in analyzing the country’s challenges and solutions in key areas.” said Waleed Salman, Chairman – Dubai Carbon.

The upcoming State of Sustainability: UAE 2016 report will highlight how each participating country is implementing sustainable measures, and work towards realizing the goals in the next 15 years. The report, structured as per the 2030 Development Agenda in the UN sustainable Development Goals, will analyze the country’s progress in key areas – water & energy, gender equality, education, health, lifestyle, tourism and climate change, to name a few.

“The report is an extended summary, serving as an update towards the cause, and the larger vision adopted by all” said Waleed Salman.

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