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Dewa teams up with ministry for carbon initiative

DUBAI, April 26, 2015

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance and support the Carbon Ambassadors Programme.

The programme was launched by Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon) recently.

The MoU was signed during the recently concluded Water, Environment and Technology Exhibition (Wetex 2015) by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa and Mohammed Mir Abdullah Al Raisi, Under-Secretary of the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As per the MoU, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will support the programme by adding it to its activities, programmes, and workshops. It will organise training sessions and workshops to all Carbon Ambassadors and appoint a Ministry employee as an advisor to one of the groups.

The Carbon Ambassador Programme is a youth engagement programme by Dewa, Dubai Carbon and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to train students in environmentally related issues, such as sustainable buildings, climate change, green economy, and environmental awareness.

“Dewa oversees this initiative to support the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

“Dewa has a clear strategy to develop and train National staff as they have key role in sustainable development. To achieve its vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, Dewa exerts all efforts to protect the environment and conserve resources for generations to come

“Our collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will further promote the success of the Carbon Ambassador Programme and enhance its position by adopting international best practices to shape the future leaders of the UAE’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The Directorate of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a prime example of the UAE’s productive and engaged collaboration on an international stage,” Al Tayer added.

 “We enter into this partnership with the firm belief that it will empower our youth to shape the future of this country. We will contribute to building the capacity of the Carbon Ambassadors on the UAE’s position on international climate change negotiations to assist them in their cause. We are looking forward to including more students from the programme in our activities leading up to the important climate change negotiations taking place in Paris next December,” said Al Raisi.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will support the Carbon Ambassadors Programme by providing students with access to its network, events, trainings and workshops– especially in matters related to climate change and the negotiation process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Carbon Ambassadors Class of 2015 graduated at the opening ceremony of the World Green Economy Summit 2015, which was organised in conjunction with Wetex.

Dubai Carbon is currently accepting applications for the next intake of participants and encourages university students enrolled in the UAE in the 2015-2016 academic year to express their interest. – TradeArabia News Service




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