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UAE endorses World Energy Day on Oct 22

Staff Reporter / 24 July 2012

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has endorsed a plan by Professor Harold Hyun-Suk Oh, President and Founder of the World Energy Forum (WEF), to name October 22 as World Energy Day.

Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy has adopted the initiative and included it in the forum’s agenda. World Energy Day will be launched in Dubai, and will also be adopted by the United Nations to be celebrated annually, in the same manner as World Environment Day.

The initiative will be further strengthened by the presence of over 40 presidents, and the commitment of governments and policy makers to put together a roadmap to implement a global energy sustainability system. The system will benefit all nations and promote a global paradigm that revolves around energy. It will contribute to launching a global movement towards providing safer  and cleaner energy to all, and sustainability for mankind.

( L-R ) Waleed Salman Board Member of Supreme Council of Energy, Mr. Nejib Zafrani, Secretary General and CEO-CSCE, Vice Chairman Executive Committee, Ms. Khawla Al-Mehairi, High Committee Coordinator and Vice Chairperson - WEF Dubai, Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Executive Director-World Energy Forum and Dr. Elissar Sarrouh, UNDP Resident in UAE at the Press Conference announcing the World Energy Forum at Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. - KT Photo by Leslie Pableo

A meeting took place on Monday between Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy and Harold Hyun-Suk Oh, attended by Dinesh Kumar, Executive Director of the World Energy Forum, Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Chairperson of the Logistics Committee for WEF 2012, and Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice-Chairperson of the Media and Communications Committee for WEF 2012.

The meeting focussed on discussing directives issued by Shaikh Mohammed which tackled a number of global sustainability issues and the role of the UAE, as a global player in the field, to support the future of sustainability. He has approved this initiative and stressed the importance of the work done by the Higher Organising Committee and providing the necessary support to the WEF.

The meeting was part of the preparations to host the World Energy Forum 2012 from October 22 to 24 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The World Energy Forum will be hosted outside the UN headquarters in New York for the first time. 

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