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Following presidential directive, Mansour bin Zayed appoints COP28 UAE President-Designate

• Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change, named as President-Designate for COP28 UAE
• Shamma Al Mazrui appointed COP28 UAE Youth Climate Champion
• Razan Al Mubarak appointed COP28 UAE UN Climate Change High-Level Champion

ABU DHABI, 12th January, 2023 (WAM) — Under the directive of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Court, today appointed Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber as President-Designate for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28).

Shamma Al Mazrui, UAE Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will join Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber’s COP28 UAE team as the Youth Climate Champion and UN Climate Change High-Level Champion, respectively. The UAE will host the annual climate summit at Expo City, Dubai, from 30th November – 12th December, 2023.

These appointments come at a pivotal moment, as the world faces increasing climate impact and challenges to energy, food and water security and reversing biodiversity loss.

Limiting global warming to 1.5C will require significant reductions in emissions, a pragmatic, practical and realistic approach to the energy transition and more help for emerging economies. The UAE is committed to multilateral cooperation and an inclusive process that brings together emerging economies with developed nations, civil society, and business to achieve the solutions and the pace of change required.

The announcement further highlights the UAE’s regional leadership in climate action and its role as a global advocate for clean energy. The UAE is home to three of the largest and lowest-cost solar projects in the world and has invested more than $50 billion in renewable energy projects across 70 countries, with plans to invest a minimum of $50 billion over the next decade.

As the first country in the region to ratify the Paris Agreement, the first to commit to an economy-wide reduction in emissions, and the first to announce a Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, the UAE is committed to raising ambition in this critical decade for climate action. The UAE is honoured to have been endorsed as the host for COP28.

Its bid for this role was rooted in its commitment to global responsibility and climate action in recognition of the critical importance of COP28 as the first Global Stocktake (GST) review since the Paris Agreement. As such, the UAE has appointed a strong and diverse leadership team to support practical, inclusive, and transformational progress towards a successful COP28.

Following the official announcement of the UAE as the host of COP28, a National Higher Committee was formed on 23rd June, 2022, to oversee preparations for the conference. The Committee is chaired by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and includes senior officials from several authorities.

Dr. Al Jaber is the Vice Chairman of the Committee that is responsible for supervising COP28 preparations through a comprehensive and integrated plan in line with the UAE’s focus on sustainable development, collaboration, and cooperation with the international community, to ensure inclusion across all parties and to enable practical solutions that will bring long-term socioeconomic benefits to the region and the world.

Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), will continue to lead the UAE’s domestic efforts in addressing climate change, preserving the environment, food systems transformation, coordinating the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), and setting the pathway for the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative.

The UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative represents a critical way forward for the UAE’s future sustainable economic development, will enable the creation of new industries and skills, and is central to the UAE’s contribution to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Appointment of President-Designate: Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Dr. Al Jaber is Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), has served as Special Envoy for Climate Change for two terms (2010–2016, 2020–present) and played a proactive participatory role at over ten COPs, including the historic Paris COP21 in 2015. He brings to this task two decades of executive business and leadership experience in government, climate policy and across the renewable and conventional energy sectors.

Dr. Al Jaber is the first CEO to ever serve as COP President, having played a key role in shaping the country’s clean energy path. As the founding CEO of Masdar, he has overseen its mandate to accelerate the adoption of renewables within the UAE, across the region and globally.

To date, Masdar has made substantial contributions to the UAE’s renewable energy targets, playing a key role in expanding the country’s portfolio with clean energy investments in over 40 countries, including several developing countries in Africa and Asia and in vulnerable island states.

Under a new partnership with TAQA, Mubadala and ADNOC, Masdar is set to become one of the largest renewable energy investors in the world with an ambitious target of growing to at least 100GW of renewable energy capacity globally by 2030. In 2009, under the guidance of the leadership and the ongoing support of

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Dr. Al Jaber led the UAE’s successful bid to host the headquarters of the "International Renewable Energy Agency” (IRENA) in Masdar City, with a mission to promote clean technology and sustainable development globally.

As CEO of ADNOC since 2016, he has played a transformative role in decarbonising and diversifying the company’s operations and investments, placed sustainability at the heart of its business and spearheaded a drive to make today’s energies cleaner while investing in the clean energies of tomorrow. Tangible actions have included sourcing 100% of ADNOC’s grid power from clean nuclear and solar energy, the first company in its sector to do so, pioneering the application of carbon capture technologies with the region’s first CCUS facility and diversifying into hydrogen and renewable energies.

Under Dr. Sultan Al Jaber’s leadership, ADNOC is investing $15 billion over five years in its decarbonisation strategy and its new low-carbon solutions business, including the expansion of its carbon capture capacity to 5 MMTPA by 2030 and its shareholding in Masdar, as it delivers on its target to reduce its carbon intensity by 25% by 2030 and its ambition to reach net-zero by 2050.

Throughout his career, he has pioneered a practical and responsible approach to accelerating the energy transition that embraces climate action, energy accessibility, energy security and economic growth.

As COP28 President-Designate, Dr. Al Jaber will play a crucial role in leading the intergovernmental process, building consensus and driving ambitious climate outcomes with a broad range of partners, including business and civil society.

In 2009, Dr. Al Jaber was also appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon to his Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC), which formed the basis of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched in 2011. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from India’s TERI University and in 2012, he received the UN Champions of the Earth award for his work on advancing clean energy technologies to mitigate the threats of climate change.

Commenting on his appointment as President of COP28, Dr. Al Jaber said, “This will be a critical year in a critical decade for climate action. The UAE is approaching COP28 with a strong sense of responsibility and the highest possible level of ambition. In cooperation with the UNFCCC and the COP27 Presidency, we will champion an inclusive agenda that ramps up action on mitigation, encourages a just energy transition that leaves no one behind, ensures substantial, affordable climate finance is directed to the most vulnerable, accelerates funding for adaptation and builds out a robust funding facility to address loss and damage.”

“In doing so, we will bring a pragmatic, realistic and solutions-oriented approach that delivers transformative progress for climate and for low carbon economic growth. We will therefore take an inclusive approach that engages all stakeholders from the public and private sectors, civil society, scientific community, women, and youth. We must especially focus on how climate action can address the needs of the Global South, as those most impacted by climate change trends.”

He added, “I sincerely believe that climate action today is an immense economic opportunity for investment in sustainable growth. Finance is the key that can unlock climate action and we are committed to supporting and facilitating the ongoing review of international financial institutions to scale up public financing, leverage private finance and improve access.

“Pragmatism and constructive dialogue must be at the forefront of our progress. As a nation at the crossroads of the globe, the UAE is well-positioned to build bridges, foster consensus and bring the world together in one shared mission to keep 1.5C alive and protect the planet for the generations who will follow us."

He noted, “COP28 will undertake the first ever Global Stocktake (GST) since the Paris Agreement. The GST will provide the foundation to build momentum for this and future COPs and the UAE will look for an ambitious outcome in response to the GST from the negotiation process. This will be a critical moment to mobilise political will to respond to what the science tells us will need to be achieved to remain on target and limit global warming to 1.5C by 2050.”

Appointment of Youth Climate Champion and UN Climate Change High-Level Champion

To coincide with Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber’s COP28 President-Designate announcement, the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion and Youth Climate Champion for COP28 UAE were appointed.

The new Champions will mobilise action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, regions, and all of civil society, including youth, in the run-up to and at the annual climate summit.

Shamma Al Mazrui will serve as the Youth Climate Champion, a new role designed to elevate the global youth voice throughout the COP process and ensure young people’s skills and abilities are prioritised. Al Mazrui will work with local and global stakeholders to provide capacity-building opportunities for youth, as well as mechanisms to fund youth innovations in the field.

She is currently the UAE’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs, where she focuses on youth empowerment and capacity development. The Youth Climate Champion role is a recognition of the need to empower young people in the climate action process and capitalise on the innovative skills, capacities, and abilities of the world’s nearly 2 billion youth.

Over the years, the UAE has made significant strides in the youth portfolio, most notably with the appointment of Al Mazrui as the youngest minister in the world in 2016. Al Mazrui is also the Vice Chair of the Arab Youth Centre, the Secretary General of the Education and Human Resources Council, the Chairperson for Special Olympics UAE, and the President of the National Centre for Education Quality.

Razan Al Mubarak will serve as the UN Climate Change High-Level Champion with the mandate to strengthen engagement and mobilise efforts from non-state actors, including private sector partners, cities and other sub-national governments, indigenous peoples, and civil society. Al Mubarak’s storied career and impact in conservation and environmental management across the public and private sectors positions her favourably to connect non-state actors with government efforts to spur greater climate action.

Currently, as President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Al Mubarak is responsible for implementing the vision, mission, and strategy of the organisation, which represents over 1,400 members, including states, government agencies and non-government organisations from 160 countries.

COP28

As the COP28 host, the UAE will aim to build consensus and coalitions to achieve a practical, pragmatic and just energy transition and reform land use and food systems, while scaling up adaptation and operationalising the new loss and damage fund.

The Conference is expected to convene over 70,000 participants, including heads of state, government officials, international industry leaders, private sector representatives, academics, experts, youth, and non-state actors, who will gather to discuss climate change while showcasing innovative solutions that can support multilateral cooperation and climate diplomacy.

The UAE has established itself as a world-class destination for hosting high-level international events focusing on climate action and sustainable development. With a decades-long track record of investing in clean energy solutions both at home and around the world, the UAE is driving a new low-emissions economic growth model that aims to create new industries, skills and jobs needed for the future.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was launched in 1992 in Brazil. The Conferences are formal meetings, held annually since 1995, which aim to find solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change.

The UAE looks forward to welcoming the world to COP28 and working together with all stakeholders to pursue balanced, ambitious, and inclusive outcomes as a hopeful legacy for our future generations.

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ADPHC, ZHO sign cooperation agreement

ABU DHABI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination (ZHO) has signed a joint cooperation agreement with the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), activating the telehealth services initiative for People of Determination.

The agreement stipulates providing ZHO with data on People of Determination, the names of current health service providers and those with whom the organisation deals, and how to communicate with them to activate the proposal for the telehealth initiative for people of determination.

The agreement was signed by Abdulla Abdul Alee Al Humaidan, Secretary-General of ZHO, and Matar Saeed Al Nuaimi, Director-General of ADPHC, in the presence of leaders from both entities.

The agreement aims to start developing the remote care platform with the Centre’s partners from the Department of Health as the main officials of the programme, activate the new service, train providers and beneficiaries, and develop educational and training content.

This is in line with the needs of People of Determination to educate them about the programmes and services available to them, and to cooperate to fully implement awareness and training workshops for service providers with the main partners, provided that the pilot phase of the telehealth initiative proposal is implemented for a period of six weeks, after which an evaluation of that phase is conducted, and then providing service at wider application

Al Humaidan welcomed the signing of the agreement with ADPHC, the first of its kind in the region, which aims to establish a public health system that leads to preserving the health of the emirate's residents and ensuring the safety of its workers through promoting the concepts of public health and preventive health, indicating that the agreement is a continuation of the services that ZHO is providing within the various care and rehabilitation system that it provides to its members, and based on the strategic goals and common vision regarding social responsibility in achieving sustainable social development and building a sustainable healthy society in light of the efforts exerted in the fields of health coverage and humanitarian care for the organisation’s affiliates of People of Determination.

He added that ZHO affirms its commitment to supporting initiatives that serve various groups of People of Determination, and that it harnesses all its capabilities to provide a better future for them, and is working to move forward to develop the services provided in all its care and rehabilitation centres at the level of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in line with modern global trends. In this field, it is also keen, in parallel, to implement a series of awareness and education programmes for families and parents of People of Determination, in a way that serves the vision of the organisation and helps achieve its mission to empower and integrate them into society.

For his part, Al Nuaimi commented, "Our primary goal in ADPHC is to connect People of Determination with health care providers and train them with important tools to ensure their access to comprehensive health services remotely. ADPHC is committed to the safety and wellbeing of every member of the Abu Dhabi community and people of determination are an important part of it.”

In accordance with the terms of the agreement, data is provided to ADPHC through the electronic link system through the Abu Dhabi Network (ADNET) in accordance with the standards and regulations specified by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), and the data provided by ZHO to ADPHC electronically according to the structure and the entity agreed upon between the two parties, provided that the frequency of providing data is in accordance with the agreed timetable, with the direction towards providing data in shorter periods of time.

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Dubai Taxi to become fully eco-friendly by 2027

DUBAI, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) — The Board of Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has endorsed a plan to transform taxis in Dubai (Dubai Taxi and franchise company taxis) into becoming fully environmentally friendly (hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered) by 2027.

The move meets the requirements of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, the Green Economy drive, and the Dubai Government's strategic directions toward comprehensive environmental sustainability.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of RTA, said, “The plan to transform taxis into environmentally-friendly vehicles translates the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to optimise energy usage and promote environmental sustainability in the UAE. RTA has taken decisive action toward creating a safe, clean, and sustainable environment that befits Dubai's reputation. This initiative supports the Dubai Government's efforts to introduce green vehicles and promote a cleaner environment."

RTA has made remarkable progress in this regard, successfully transforming 72 percent of the taxis in Dubai into environmentally friendly vehicles, comprising a total of 8,221 hybrid vehicles.

This significant accomplishment aligns with the overarching goal of optimising energy usage, creating a sustainable environment, and positioning Dubai as a leader in promoting green transportation.

“The 5-year plan (2023-2027) aims to switch the entire taxi fleet into fully environmentally-friendly (hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered) within five years at a rate of 10 percent per annum to achieve the targeted 100 precent by 2027. The plan is aligned with RTA’s roadmap for transforming public transport means into emission-free by 2050,” Al Tayer explained.

“The results of experiments on eco-friendly vehicles, which RTA started trialling in 2008, confirmed the environmental benefits of reducing carbon emissions, fuel consumption, and maintenance costs, as well as decreasing noise levels. Hybrid vehicles also have a longer lifespan compared to regular vehicles and cost less in the long run. They are characterised by lower purchase prices, maintenance fees, fuel expenses, insurance premiums, and other associated costs that potentially could be as low as 50 percent of regular vehicles,” he further added.

Dubai's infrastructure is key in promoting the use of eco-friendly vehicles and increasing their demand. The fast pace of technology, coupled with the reduction in electric vehicle charging time from 8 hours to less than 1.5 hours, indicates that the charging time will continue to shorten in the future given the wide spread of hydrogen refilling stations as an environmentally friendly alternative.

Dubai's initial plan to transform 50 percent of its taxi fleet into eco-friendly has produced a remarkable reduction in carbon emissions by as much as 420,000 tonnes annually, equivalent to 70,000 tonnes per year. This has stimulated local automotive companies to roll out a range of hybrid vehicles tailored for the Gulf region

RTA was a pioneer in the region when launching the trial of hybrid vehicles powered by fuel and electricity for its Dubai Taxi fleet in 2008. It marked the start of RTA's dedicated efforts to transform the infrastructure of public transport networks to make them environmentally friendly.

The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) boasts the largest fleet of eco-friendly vehicles with hybrid vehicles accounting for over 34 percent of the taxis fleet in Dubai.

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Osool Smart Applications signs MoC with UAE Society of Engineers

SHARJAH, 6th February, 2023 (WAM) – Osool Smart Applications, owned by Sharjah Asset Management Company, has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the UAE Society of Engineers to provide its first phase of digital services to the association.

The memorandum was signed by Ali Al Amiri, Manager of Osool Smart Applications – ‘Buraq’, and Tariq Dimas, Director-General of the Society of Engineers – UAE.

This partnership will provide the "Buraq" mobile application for document and certificate delivery services throughout the UAE through smart delivery solutions. The agreement is in line with the country's drive for technological renaissance and digital transformation. The "Buraq" application offers a range of smart, innovative, and convenient services, including fast and accurate document delivery and receipt, which aims to improve institutional work between government agencies and increase customer satisfaction. The app has already been utilised by several government agencies, including the Central Finance Department of the Government of Sharjah and Sharjah Police.

Osool Smart Applications specialises in providing a range of digital services, including document delivery and logistical services to support the needs of local institutions and communities.

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