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The World Green Economy Summit (WGES), organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO), under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, plays a major role in promoting a green economy and enhancing green projects in the UAE and the region
The WGES is a strategic platform to support international collaboration in fighting global challenges, enhancing sustainable development, investing in the green economy, adopting effective policies, plans and initiatives. The WGES attracts current presidents, global leaders and influencers. It also brings together thousands of experts and opinion leaders in different areas of the green economy and sustainable development.
These include CEOs, partners, financial institutions, and global market representatives, besides business leaders and international experts from the public and private sectors, to discuss urgent issues such as climate change, global warming, aligning energy policies with sustainable development goals, and the action needed to build a sustainable future.
Together, they exchange views on successful sustainability strategies, systems and policies, and the possibility of propagating and upscaling them. WGES also discusses how to fight challenges and utilise opportunities to support the shift towards a green economy. Each year, WGES wraps up by issuing the Dubai Declaration, which includes the participants’ recommendations, the summit conclusion as well as its milestones and activities.
Since its launch in 2014, the previous versions of the Summit focused on three main pillars: sustainable development mechanisms, an international collaboration to enhance the green economy ecosystem, and adopting innovative green solutions.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said, “The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is one of several initiatives that the UAE launches to support an effective transition towards a green economy.
“The 7th WGES is special because it coincides with Expo 2020 Dubai and Year of the Fiftieth and our celebration of the Golden Jubilee, and fifty years of our pioneering development. Our joint efforts enhance international and regional partnerships to make the green economy a major part of the UAE’s economy to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability, besides social wellbeing. We are sure that the Summit will strengthen its role as a global forum that enhances international collaboration and the setting of the next global agenda in different areas, including providing more opportunities to achieve sustainable development and ensure a green future that makes people happy everywhere.”
The 7th WGES will be held on 6-7 October 2021 at Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo 2020 Dubai. This WGES will benefit from being held during Expo 2020 Dubai, an incubator for new ideas that are committed to bringing the world together to solve some of our biggest challenges – helping to consolidate Dubai’s position as the capital of the global green economy.