Abu Dhabi is setting the stage for discussions and debates on climate change. The emirate will soon play host to government, business and civil society leaders at the ‘Abu Dhabi Ascent’. The event is scheduled to be held from 4-5 May 2014 addressing challenges faced in adopting a sustainable future. The event is a prelude to the Climate Summit being hosted by the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon in New York on 23 September.
“The Climate Summit is a critical opportunity to inspire and scale up actions that will lead us toward a low-carbon, sustainable future,” said the secretary-general. “The Abu Dhabi Ascent will play a pivotal role in mobilizing action that will allow us to address climate change.
“The UAE is emerging as a leader of a diverse energy economy. This is the defining challenge of our time. The longer we delay, the more we will pay – the sooner we act, the greater the benefits to people and the planet,” said Ban Ki-Moon.
The event will look to catalyze transformative action and build political impetus in advance of the 2015 UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Paris. Elaborating Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and special envoy for energy and climate change said: “The world must work together to find solutions to mitigate effects of climate change. The event in Abu Dhabi adds urgency and reinvigorates need to address climate change and transition to a cleaner, more sustainable global energy mix.”
The Abu Dhabi Ascent will explore areas for action that will have a high-impact in reducing emissions and building resilience. The meeting will also explore international and multi-stakeholder efforts that support ambitious on-the-ground actions.