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UAE strives for sustainable development

UAE MICAD in collaboration with DCCE, launches the State of Sustainability: UAE 2016 Report

Under the leadership of the UAE Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Dubai Carbon, launched the State of Sustainability Report – UAE 2016 in the World Government Summit, which seeks to identify key factors to fulfill sustainable development in the United Arab Emirates.

The State of Sustainability: UAE 2016 report is the first report in series of annual publications, which will serve as a tool for analysis and communication with stakeholders and partners to support and enhance future reports and reporting requirements. The report is expected to become a platform for highlighting progress, solutions and success stories in the fields of economic, social and environmental sustainable development on a national and international setting. Furthermore, the publication also highlights the progress made by the public and private sectors in the state in terms of achieving the 17 goals of sustainable development that were adopted by the United Nations during World Summit on Sustainable Development.

HH Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs said, “This report reflects the ongoing efforts of the government towards sustainable development in achieving a greener economy. The UAE Government remains committed and will continue to support the larger objective as outlined by the United Nations (UN) to protect and create an environment for sustainable development”.

HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Cooperation and Development stated: “The Ministry of Development and International Cooperation is pleased to be involved in the launch of the State of Sustainability: UAE 2016. The UAE is fully committed to fulfilling the 2030 agenda and we are rapidly progressing towards attaining the Sustainable Development goals set by the agenda. Issues such as access to clean energy, food, education, healthcare, and sustainable economic growth remain the focus of the leadership of the nation. ”

HE Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimy, Minister of State, Chairwoman of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority and Director General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau said, “The State of Sustainability: UAE 2016 report presents an opportunity to explore and develop impactful policies to accelerate progress in fulfilling the 2030 Agenda. The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority is committed to provide the all the necessary advisory to ensure the fulfillment of the country’s national and global priorities.”

Waleed Salman, Chairman – Dubai Carbon said The State of Sustainability: UAE 2016 Report is an important milestone in accomplishing Sustainable Development as it provides an depth analysis of eco-efficient measures being implemented in the country. Our aim will now be to work towards fulfilling these goals in the next 15 years.”