UAE: Collaboration, commitment to action needed to resolve global issues

Abu Dhabi, The world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation, will be addressed by Expo 2020 Dubai through events that aim to bring the world together in a spirit of optimism for our future, a UAE minister has said.

With hundreds of participants and millions of visitors, Expo 2020 will be the ‘World’s Greatest Showcase’ of human brilliance and achievement, and wants to inspire ordinary people � especially the region’s large youth population � to believe in our ability to solve these major issues, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau.

The minister, also Chair of the UAE National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, was unveiling in a speech at the fifth annual Sustainable Development Goals in Action Forum, the Expo 2020 programming dedicated to addressing these issues.

“Expo 2020 Dubai is our chance to bring the world together in a spirit of optimism for the future. Globally, we face a number of major challenges. We must resolve them by coming together to share ideas and commit to take action,” she said, quoted by UAE news agency WAM.

“Our programming at Expo 2020 aims to illuminate the role of individuals, governments, companies and organisations to collectively work to solve some of our biggest challenges. We are sharing our ambition and optimism with the world, and are calling for people to come together to discuss and address global issues, such as sustainability and climate change,” she added.

Specially-designed events will align with nine thematic weeks that will be part of the Expo, aimed at encouraging international cooperation on topics covering climate, urban development and cities, travel and exploration, the Sustainable Development Goals, health and wellness, innovation, agriculture and livelihood development, women and girls, and water.

Dedicated events, including seminars, workshops and talks, will be hosted during the six months of Expo 2020 to celebrate achievements and amplify the message of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The programming also includes a climate change-focused event that will bring together a grass-roots assembly of influencers and young change makers to further advance the conversation, and encourage action on climate and sustainability issues that are leading to an increase in natural catastrophes, such as the Australian bush fires.

Expo 2020 believes addressing climate change and sustainability issues requires a bottom-up approach that capitalises on the energy, expertise, and ambitions of the general public, especially youth, from around the world. Participants will be encouraged to share their message, solutions and expertise in a bid to inspire change at both an individual and global level.

The event will take place during Expo 2020’s Climate Week, November 1-7, and aims to have a global impact beyond 2021, forming part of Expo 2020’s legacy.

It will be held immediately before the next UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26, expected 9th-19th November 2020), with the aim of informing and inspiring COP 26 policy makers with their thoughts and ideas.

Other dedicated events will also bring together Expo 2020’s diverse global stakeholders, including countries, non-profits, international organisations, corporates, academic institutions and multilaterals, to advance international cooperation.

This programming builds on Expo 2020’s existing efforts in bringing the world together to facilitate action towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Source: Bahrain News Agency