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Global Climate Change Conference Highlights Challenges:
Dubai, UAE: Under the patronage of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, presided over by His Excellency DrThani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment,the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in association with the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada, hosted a“Conference on Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities”.
The 3-day eventexamined the challenges and opportunities for integrating the three key issues of global climate change, biodiversity and sustainability in the MENA region.
The conference featured renowned international and local climate change experts, conservationists and academics. Among the keynote speakers were Dr. Francisco Dallmeier, Senior Conservation Biologist, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability; Dr. Daniel Scott, Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo who praised the UAE for its innovation and positive response to the issues of climate change; Dr. Adam Fenech, Nobel Laureate and Director, Climate Research Lab, UPEI, Leanne Bilodeau, Associate Director Sustainability Operations, The University of British Columbia, and Mashael Al Ansari, Climate Change Specialist at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
“We are innovating to strengthen our existing industries and make the transition into a low-carbon, climate resilient economy, in line with the country’s objective to diversify its economy,” said His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudiin his welcome remarks highlighting climate change opportunities and challenges in the UAE. “All sectors are working towards implementing those national priorities under the National Climate Change Plan 2017-2050 launched last year,” he said.
The Minister noted that the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is currently focusing on addressing climate change impacts on the health sector, as part of its climate change adaptation efforts, where other priority sectors include energy, infrastructure and the environment. He pointed out that globally the health sector is yet to be monitored extensively from a climate change point of view, although heat stress and other diseases are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. Other areas highlighted include the impact of climate change on biodiversity, which is expected to result in changes in the distribution patterns of species and ecosystems, and hence the efforts of the UAE toward biodiversity conservation.
His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi also called for greater cooperation among the public sector, private sector and academia as well as international organizations in addressing climate change. He said, “I welcome this Conference held in Dubai as an important contribution to building the capacity of UAE stakeholders to advance our climate action efforts under the National Climate Change Plan.”
While delivering the welcome address, Mr. ButiSaeed Al Gandhi, Chancellor of CUD, hailed the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment as a key driver for enhancing the UAE’s efforts in addressing the threats of climate change, through the implementation of comprehensive policies and initiatives to adapt and mitigate climate change impacts.
He also praised the conference co-host, the UPEI, and announced that CUD would be launching programs in climate change and environment in association with the well-known Canadian university.
On the sidelines of the conference, a memorandum of Understanding was signed by Dr Karim Chelli, President of CUD, and Dr.Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President of UPEI, to implement joint initiatives concerning environmental issues. via Edarabia.com