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The much-awaited Climate Future Week, hosted by The Museum of the Future in collaboration with the multidisciplinary think tank Fiker Institute in Dubai, is about to get underway. This event, which takes place from Tuesday through Saturday, promises to provide a forum for meaningful conversations about sustainability and climate action. Climate Future Week will have 20 main sessions over three days (September 26, 27, and 30) with 30 notable speakers, including government ministers, senior officials, corporate executives, and sustainability experts from the UAE, the region, and the world.
A Wholesome Agenda
Climate Future Week is a comprehensive event comprising six workshops, three interactive activities, and a series of talks.
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About the “Year of Sustainability”
This event, which takes place as the UAE prepares to host the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai this November, perfectly fits the country’s commitment to sustainability. The three primary pillars that will center the conversations and debates during Climate Future Week are as follows:
The goal of The Future of Climate Action and Technology is to investigate how technology may be a key component in tackling climate concerns.
Future-Generation Climate Solutions:
It will highlight creative methods for addressing climate-related problems and entrepreneurship’s role in advancing these solutions.
Improving Human Behavior and Climate Awareness:
It will stress on the significance of altering human behaviour and increasing awareness to meet climate goals.
Important Figures’ Perspectives
Keynote speakers for the first day of the event include Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation. These influential people will discuss the different road maps for sustainable tourism and climate action.
Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, Director-General of Emirates Nature-WWF, will speak about innovation in nature conservation. Najib Saab, Secretary-General of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development, will discuss the future of the Arab environment.
In addition, Toby Gregory, the creator of the Arabian Ocean Rowing team and the Plastic Pledge, will also talk about his motivational ‘Row To COP’ mission. The co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, Dr. Markus Eriksen, will talk about scientific approaches to combating plastic pollution.
Various Viewpoints and Creative Responsibilities
Sessions with organic gardening enthusiast, Guinness World Record holder Alzainah Al Babtain, and WILDEN creator and landscape architect Will Bennett will occur in the afternoon on the first day. The viewpoints of these speakers on climate-related subjects will be varied.
A “Climate Negotiations” session organized in association with the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy will wrap up the first day. There will also be a Climate Photography Exhibition with three Emirati photographers and short films about sustainability for attendees to enjoy.
Linking Technology and Climate
Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, will lead talks on the relationship between artificial intelligence and climate change on the second day. The Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, will discuss the outlook for sustainable international trade in Dubai.
In addition, talks on climate-conscious designs, carbon dioxide conversion, sustainable architecture, and creative responsibility will be covered, emphasizing the UAE’s initiatives to fight climate change and transform architecture.
A Countdown to COP28 discussion will take place on the final day of the event, featuring Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and COP28 President-Designate, and Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP28. Abulhoul, an Emirati novelist, Rhodes Scholar, and the founder of the Fiker Institute Dubai, will lead this conversation.
A Turning Point in Climate Action
The UAE is committed to environmental preservation, climate action, and responsible natural resource management, as demonstrated during Climate Future Week, organized in association with the Fiker Institute. These conversations and activities are crucial because COP28 is quickly approaching, and Dubai is preparing to host international climate change talks in November.
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