ABU DHABI: Energy industry leaders and government officials from key renewable energy markets will gather in Abu Dhabi from Jan.15-17 for the sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the world’s leading platform for renewable energy innovation and investment.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO and MD of Masdar, host of the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit said: “As we work towards a sustainable future, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and its participating events is the UAE’s effort to take a holistic approach to the global challenges of economic development as well as energy and water security.”
“The global strength and importance of the World Future Energy Summit as a platform for discussion, investment and innovation in the renewable energy sector is demonstrated by the high-level participation of leaders from the public and private sector,” said Dr Al Jaber.
The conference programme includes four high-level Ministerial Panels. The first, Sustainable Energy For All,’ continues the United Nation’s theme for 2012, which was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at last year’s WFES and will be moderated by Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.
Other Ministerial Panels will discuss ‘Sustainable Development,’ ‘Renewable Energy Policy Revolution in Economically Challenging Times’ and the ‘Water-Energy Nexus’. Participants of these Ministerial Panels will include, among others: Dr Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India Liu Qi, Vice Minister and Deputy Administrator of the National Energy Administration, China Fouad Douiri, Minister for Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, the Kingdom of Morocco Richard Marles MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Australia Manuel Gerardo Pedro Pulgar-Vidal Otarola, Minister of Environment, Peru Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar Dr. Khaled Al Sulaiman, Vice-President for Renewable Energy at the King Abdullah City of Atomic and Renewable Energy, Saudi Arabia.
Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Vienna-based OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Dr Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF). Michel Jarraud, Chair, UN Water.
Keynote speeches of the Ministerial Panels include Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade; Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; Todd Stern, USA’s Special Envoy for Climate Change; Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner Climate Action in the European Commission; and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on the Millennium Development Goals.