Appointment of H.E. Saeed Al Tayer as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainability Development Goals

May 17, 2016

H.E. Saeed Al Tayer meets H.E. Frode Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in UAE

The United Nations Development Programme has just appointed HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy, MD and CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority as its National Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainability Development Goals.

The nomination of HE Al Tayer was officially announced during a meeting between HE Saeed Al Tayer and HE Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP and former Prime Minister of New Zealand at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference (DIHAD), held from 21 to 23 of this March under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. This Conference tackled most important issues relevant to food security, nourishment, water, drainage, health care, transportation and logistics services that can help relieve sufferance of the needy as a result of the increasing humanitarian global crisis.

HE Helen Clark praised the continued support provide by HE Al Tayer to all the UN institutions and organizations. “It is an honor to announce the nomination of HE Al Tayer as Ambassador for the Sustainability Development Goals. On behalf of the UNDP and UN country team in UAE, we also thank him for accepting this critical role and for the immense generosity in supporting and sponsoring the UNDP regional cluster, which took place this week in the UAE,” said Clark.

During the meeting, most important achievements were discussed as well as fostering joint collaboration among the DSCE, DEWA and the UNDP. Also, current and future projects were discussed including the progress of the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence, which was launched in 2011 based on an agreement signed in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and HE Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. The agreement aimed to promote close collaboration on knowledge based economy, as well as implementing global initiatives that direct the culture of business in Dubai towards paying close attention to the climate changes, fostering partnership between both public and private sectors, while linking it to global organizations, like the UN.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the UN for this trust vested onto me, and would like to stress our commitment to the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum aiming to achieve sustainable development by combining all efforts and synchronizing all energies to reach this noble goal. In line with the “Green Economy for Sustainable Development” initiative, we collaborate with the UN organizations as well as all other public and private organizations to develop a knowledge platform in the UAE by publishing annual knowledge sources, like State of Green Economy Report, Energy Report, etc. to be references of data for various sectors, investors and decision makers.” Said HE Al Tayer.

DEWA has launched several initiatives and projects to promote sustainable development march in Dubai, including Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Shams Dubai Initiative to install photovoltaic panels on top of house roofs to generate electricity from solar energy. Dubai aims to install photovoltaic panels on top of all roofs by 2030. In addition to these, the Green Charger aiming to establish infrastructure necessary for charging electric vehicles.

Etihad ESCO was established to support energy services companies existing in the market and encourage best energy efficiency practices. Also, the Strategy of Carbon Emissions reduction is the first of its kind in the region that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021.

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