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Dubai to host sustainable construction conference

Dubai, June 5, 2008

Dubai will play host to a conference titled “Dubai International Conference on Sustainable Construction” along with an exhibition on Green Construction Technology.

The event, on June 8, 2008, at the Dubai Police Academy, will be held under the patronage of UAE vice-president and prime minister and Ruler of Dubai Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The conference will be opened by the chairman of the higher committee Dr Mohamed bin Fahad and the chairman of the International Jury of the Zayed International Prize Dr Klaus Topfer. The conference is a one-day, three panels meeting which will be addressed by 13 speakers, mainly from the private sector.

“Prominent among the subjects that will be covered at the conference include Making the world’s mega-projects sustainable, sustainable construction practices and the challenge of climate change and policies for sustainable construction and urban development,” said director of research and studies at the Dubai Police Academy Dr Meshgaan Al Awar.

The conference is being held a day before the Zayed Prize which was established in 1999 by Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as a tribute to the environmental achievements of late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The $1-million Zayed Prize is considered among the most prestigious environment-related awards in the world today.

The Zayed International Prize for the Environment recognises and encourages environmental achievements that support and promote the implementation of Agenda 21 in line with the vision and philosophy of the late Shaikh Zayed.

The founder and patron of the Zayed Prize, Shaikh Mohammad further envisioned the prize to support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation for Sustainable Development.

It was the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002 that adopted the Johannesburg Plan and Agenda 21.

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.

All by the target date of 2015 - form a blueprint agreed to by all the countries and leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.- TradeArabia News Service

Tags: Environment | Zayed Prize | MGD |

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