Emirati-Swiss Friendship Council launches new working plan to support scientific research

Abu Dhabi: The 3rd edition of Emirati-Swiss Friendship Council concluded on a firm pledge to support scientific research between the two sides. The forum was held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University.

The program of the third session yesterday included training workshops at Zayed University in Dubai and a seminar on renewable and alternative energy at the headquarters of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

During the meeting of the council, the two sides signed 2013 Emirati-Swiss Friendship Council’s working plan. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan representing Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the adviser to UAE President and the Co-Honorary chairman of the council represented the UAE side, and other side was led by former Swiss President, Pascal Couchepin and Co-Honorary Chairman of the Forum.

The two sides agreed to hold the 4th edition of the council in Geneva in the mid 2013.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan affirmed Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan’s keenness to support the goals of the council, particularly in boosting bilateral relations between the two countries in economic, educational, cultural fields as well as participating in the UAE-Swiss events organised by the two sides.

For his part, Pascal Couchepin in a statement to Emirates News Agency (WAM) stressed the importance of the researches prepared by the UAE and Swiss students to explore horizons to find new sources for water which enable the government to save water for future generations.

On the other hand, the Swiss Minister of Education and Research Dr. Alain Berset lauded efforts of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak in developing the Emirati-Swiss scientific research as well as his support for the third edition of the council.

Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations in Geneva in his statement to hailed the success of the 3rd edition of the council held under the theme ‘Water Sustainability for Future Generations.’ The two-day event took place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where the participants debated ways to find new methods of preserving water for future generations.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in his remarks during the forum stressed the importance of maintaining water sustainability for future generations and said it has been one of the priorities for 30 years.
“DEWA focuses on increasing awareness about the water sustainability as well as the progress of the society,” he added.

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