General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE is committed to retaining its leading role as a main global energy provider through energy diversification in the renewable energy sector.
At the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) today, Sheikh Mohammed also stressed the importance of holding discussions and seminars in shaping the policies that foster cooperation between international community members in order to ensure energy security, sustainable development and the reduction of carbon emissions. He also emphasised that improving the quality of life is one of the topmost goals of the leadership of the UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed said: "Energy is a vital vein that nurtures all aspects of modern civilisation. In addressing the several challenges facing the world today, it is our responsibility to guarantee energy security and to exert every effort in developing clean technologies. It is our responsibility to take advantage of the various renewable natural sources of energy to achieve sustainable development.
"Almost five years ago, we began our work in building capacity in the renewable energy sector. Today, we realize that this approach has gained increasing regional and global attention. We are continuously hearing of new solar or other renewable energy projects being launched, this is exactly what is required, a collaborative effort to achieve energy security. We are still working on achieving our plans to move in two parallel streams towards developing local and international projects.”
General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed hailed Masdar's efforts in hosting the World Future Energy Summit and for its role in enhancing the UAE stature in the international arena -specifically in the renewable energy and sustainable development sectors.
He noted that Masdar is a strategic, long term national initiative considering to be an important investment with its economic, political, scientific and social implications.
He greeted WEFS guests including Presidents, Ministers, dignitaries, academics and entrepreneurs, emphasizing that the UAE has and will always have faith in the power of collaborative efforts in facing global challenges and achieving collective goals.
Mohammed bin Zayed opens fifth World Future Energy Summit
General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan today inaugurated the fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES 2012) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec).
The opening ceremony was also attended by world leaders, heads of state and the Secretary General of the United Nations as well as local and international company CEOs in the renewable energy sector.
WFES is considered the largest international platform for bringing together the latest innovations and projects in renewable energy.
Attendees of the opening ceremony, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company - Masdar - from January 16 to 19, included Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, Atifete Jahjaga President of the Republic of Kosovo, Boris Tadic, President of Serbia, Wen Jiabao, Premier of the People's Republic of China, Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister of South Korea and UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon as well as Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th UN General Assembly.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works and Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).