Dubai's Mena centre for sustainable cities
The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has launched the regional centre for resource efficient and sustainable cities for the Arab region, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), an international organisation in the environmental field.
The centre was launched following a memorandum of understanding signed between DLD and UNEP, and will serve as a regional hub for promoting, supporting and enabling the efficient use of resources in cities in the Middle East and North Africa.
The ‘Centre for Sustainable Cities’ will be located at ‘The Perfect City’ – the first specialised sustainable city in the world.
The centre will be established in accordance with Dubai and UAE laws and regulations in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and UNEP – as a regional hub of UNEP relevant initiatives.
DLD and UNEP have agreed to a long-term collaboration through the establishment of such resource facility that aims to build local, national and regional capacity for resource efficient policies and to develop and deliver relevant tools, approaches and support for resource efficient, low-carbon and sustainable cities in the Arab region.
Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, said that the establishment of the center will enhance the leadership role of the UAE in the field of sustainable cities, praising the efforts made by DLD in partnership with UNEP for the establishment of this centre.
“The UAE, which has succeeded in adopting and implementing many options and solutions designed to achieve sustainable development, such as sustainable building standards and sustainable transport, clean energy and promote energy efficiency, started the work for the UAE 2021 vision, to move to the concept of smart cities based on innovation and employing the latest technologies values in resource management, conservation and sustainable production and consumption patterns to maintain our way of life and strength it,” he said.
"At DLD we are paying utmost importance to the issues relating to environmental protection and conservation, as we are aware of the vital role UNEP plays, especially through those initiatives related to the promotion of sustainable consumption and production and the efficient use of resources,” said Majida Ali Rashed, Assistant Director-General and Head of Real Estate Investment Management and the promotion center the investment arm of DLD.
The purpose of this MOU is to provide a framework of cooperation and partnerships, and to facilitate collaboration between the parties to further their shared goals and objectives in regard to the promotion of sustainable consumption and production patterns and resource efficient cities, including relevant policies, practices and tools in key sectors.
As part of DLD responsibility, and its policy on local sustainable development in the United Arab Emirates, they will develop, promote and implement all the functions of the areas of cooperation, in close partnership with the UNEP.
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