Jan 20

Emirates Diplomatic Academy Faculty, Students Participate in High-level Sessions at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019

Jan 20, 2019

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) today concluded its successful participation in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2019, one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings. Through active engagement in high-level panels and forums at the event, the Academy aimed to drive environmental awareness among youth and highlight the importance of diplomacy and research in achieving sustainable development.

Dr Mari Luomi, Senior Research Fellow at EDA, led the conversation on ‘The Foreign Relations of Energy Transition – Positioning the Gulf’ as part of a panel discussion alongside industry leaders.

In addition, 26 EDA students made an integral contribution to the event as moderators and masters of ceremonies at several youth forums and high-profile sessions, including ministerial panels. Notably, one of the students was selected as a member of the Masdar-led Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) Pioneers Programme that kicked off during ADSW. The inaugural cohort receives year-long access to bespoke educational workshops, global networking events and highly sought-after professional internships.

His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “EDA is pleased to have participated in ADSW for the second year in a row. It is imperative that our young diplomats recognise the gravity of current and future global challenges, such as climate change and water scarcity, which require close international cooperation that can only be achieved through effective diplomacy.”

He added: “This leading industry event offered our students the opportunity to work closely with global leaders in sustainability, who are developing effective innovations to address the world’s most pressing challenges. It has also reinforced their understanding of their responsibility to build bridges of communication towards achieving a more prosperous and sustainable future for the UAE and the rest of the world.”

For her part, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Acting Deputy Director General of EDA, said: “As part of EDA’s core mandate, sustainability is integrated into multiple areas of its activities. The Academy’s pioneering efforts in this regard include diplomatic training on UN climate change negotiations and a research programme on ‘Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development’. EDA also hosts the Sustainable Development Goals Center of Excellence for the Arab Region (SDGCAR) that conducts training and research on region-specific challenges and solutions related to achieving the SDGs.”

She added: “In December 2018, for the third consecutive year, we sent six students to attend the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that took place in Katowice, Poland, as part of the UAE’s youth delegation. Our participation in ADSW is a prime example of our commitment to providing our students with a holistic and dynamic educational experience.”

EDA aims to enhance the capabilities of the UAE’s future diplomats through advanced teaching methods, interactive lectures and high-impact discussions with prominent diplomats and policy makers. The Academy prepares young Emirati talent to face a variety of regional and global challenges when representing their country on the world stage.