DUBAI,14th June, 2017 (WAM) -- The UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment has held its third meeting, presided over by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
The meeting was attended by council members from local and federal authorities and the private sector.
Addressing the participants, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, said, "The establishment of the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment stems from the insightful vision of our wise leadership. It is also a part of the UAE’s efforts to adopt international best practices to underline the concept of a sustainable lifestyle towards preserving our local environment for the current and future generations."
He pointed out that the council seeks to find solutions for pressing environmental challenges while ensuring economic growth and protection of cultural and civilizational heritage. The council aims to develop and implement a comprehensive and ambitious plan for the country to serve as a role model in the region for climate change action and environment protection.
Al Zeyoudi highlighted the important developments in climate action at both local and international levels and the impact of the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement.
The meeting also reviewed the UAE National Climate Change Plan 2050, which aims to support the country's efforts in the field of climate change within a broad framework and time frame for the management of greenhouse gas emissions.
The meeting provided updates on the public policy guide in the field of municipal work and proposed the guide to include the policies and mechanisms of infrastructure planning and development, best use of resources in construction, integrated waste management, public health and occupational safety, landscaping and city beautification, imposition of fines, and a policy for crises, disasters and emergencies.
The meeting also discussed the important developments of the Technical Committee for Education and Awareness. Council members proposed running education and awareness programmes and plans at a national level, organising workshops for the seamless implementation of the Sustainable Schools initiative.
The meeting drew the participation of senior officials from several ministries in the UAE, including Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani, Assistant Minister for International Organisation Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ibrahim Abdullah Al Wahhabi, Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Abdullah Sultan Alfan AlShamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Industrial Affairs at the Ministry of Economy, Fatima Mohammed Khalifa Al Shamsi, Assistant Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Ahmed Butti Al Muhairbi, Secretary-General at the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority and others.