UAE forum to debate water sustainability
Abu Dhabi, November 4, 2012
Leading experts from the UAE and Switzerland will be in Abu Dhabi to attend the third meeting of Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum which will see participants debate on issues related to water sustainability.
The forum was launched in November 2010 with the aim to strengthen the bilateral relations between the UAE and Switzerland and achieve sustainable results through effective networking, knowledge and innovation sharing by addressing a variety of economic and societal challenges.
Alternating between the two countries, the 2nd Forum had successfully taken place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in June last year.
This year the two-day meeting kicks off on November 11 with a special focus on 'Water Sustainability for Future Generations.'
The event will take place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the presence of the co-honorary chairman Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the adviser to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Pascal Couchepin, the former Swiss president and co-honorary chairman.
Commenting on the event, Sheikh Dr Sultan said, "We have carefully selected the topic of water sustainability as a framework for various activities and events taking place over two days in Abu Dhabi and Dubai comprising an official opening ceremony, lectures, a UAE-Swiss Research Day, panel presentations and discussions," he added.
Couchepin said students from universities of both the countries will participate in the UAE-Swiss Research Day, organized by EPFL and Zayed University, highlighting this year again the importance of placing our young generation of future leaders at the heart of key strategic issues.
The UAE-Swiss Research Day is being held under the co-patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research & President of Zayed University and Dr Alain Berset, Swiss Minister of Education and Research.-TradeArabia News Service