MoFA speaks at British University in Dubai to raise awareness on climate change

ABU DHABI, 27th October, 2015 (WAM) — The Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spoke to students at the British University in Dubai, BUiD, about the UAE’s efforts to achieve a sustainable future and combat climate change, ahead of the 2015 Paris climate conference, COP21, where world leaders are expected to finalise a new global climate change agreement.
Students were briefed on the importance of climate change and what is at stake for the UAE. The Ministry also highlighted the role that students and the youth community can play, encouraging them to become more involved in climate change issues, as this greatly impacts their future.
“This is a vital year for climate action and a pivotal moment for governments around the world to agree on a way forward to address the threat of climate change,” said Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency and Director of Energy and Climate Change Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “We must seize the moment in history to ensure a pathway toward sustainable development, and everyone needs to take part in this endeavour.”
The lecture, attended by students studying sustainable design, is the first in a series that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be conducting as part of a domestic awareness campaign on climate change and COP21. Students actively participated in the discussion and were particularly interested in the UAE’s initiatives to address climate challenges globally and at home.