WAM NEW YORK, 5th February, 2014 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi will host a special two-day high- level meeting in May to encourage announcements of greater action and ambition by world leaders at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UAE Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, said this in an announcement.
The Climate Summit will take place on Sept 23, at UN Headquarters in New York, one day before the UN General Assembly begins its General Debate.
The Secretary-General has invited leaders of government, business, finance and civil society to bring bold announcements and actions to address climate change. The Summit will focus on solutions that demonstrate how early action can result in substantial economic benefits.
The “Abu Dhabi Ascent,” to be held from 4-5 May will bring Ministers as well as business, finance, and civil society leaders together to develop a range of proposals for action and determine how their countries, businesses and organizations may become more involved in various initiatives so that partnerships can be broadened and deepened to deliver concrete action at the Summit.
The Secretary-General welcomed the U.A.E.’s offer to host this meeting and said: “The U.A.E. initiative to host the Abu Dhabi Ascent is an important concrete contribution to the Summit. This meeting is a critical milepost on the way that will help build the momentum we need for a successful Climate Summit. I look forward to working with all leaders to ensure that the Summit catalyzes major steps on the ground and towards an ambitious global climate agreement.” “The United Arab Emirates is at the forefront of international efforts to mitigate climate change,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber. “As a key mitigation strategy, the UAE has made significant investments to develop and deploy clean energy technologies globally.” “The high level meeting in Abu Dhabi will be integral in encouraging and enhancing commitments from the public-private sectors and ensuring the Summit in New York is a success,” he added.
By spurring action on climate change, the Abu Dhabi Ascent leading up to the Climate Summit will complement and boost momentum toward a climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015.