NEW YORK, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, during New York Climate Week, the formation of the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA) was announced. The UICCA is a non-partisan, climate action entity that will bring together members of the public and private sectors, including academic institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to drive the UAE’s commitment towards net zero by 2050. In the initial period to the 2023 United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP28 UAE), which is to take place in Dubai, the UICCA will establish an independent body that will enable collaboration, cooperation and innovation. The UICCA, which will be led Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyanto be the first such entity on a global scale.
About Sheikha Shamma and supported by industry leaders and subject matter experts, the UICCA will act as a think tank and will focus primarily on providing stakeholders with advice and recommendations on positive climate action that will facilitate the transition to a green economy. According to the guidelines set out by the UN Environment Programme, the green economy is “low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive”, with social equity, well-being and minimal environmental risk at the heart of decision-making. This move will help boost GDP growth, increase job creation, and strengthen the UAE’s position as a global Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) hub and first mover on climate action.
Sheikha ShammaExecutive Director of UICCA, said: “It is an honor to be tasked, by the UAE leadership, to build and drive the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators. Our goals as a nation are clear, and we have made significant progress towards Initiative Implementing the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategy – however, this is only our first milestone, the synergies we create today will allow us to have a more sustainable future, long after 2050. -one way to do this is by enabling and energizing an ecosystem that actively participates in achieving one shared vision, and the UICCA is the nucleus that will bring this ecosystem to life.”
In addition to acting as a catalyst for a knowledge-based green economy and attracting global talent to the UAE’s sustainability sector, the accelerators will facilitate international business, innovation and technology partnerships that work towards the common goal of tackling climate change. Key sectors to be targeted will include electric mobility, sustainable fuels, energy efficiency, green buildings, smart cities, carbon capture and storage, nature-based solutions, and the growing AgTech and Climate segment.
About UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA):
UICCA is an independent climate change entity that brings together the private sector, government entities, academia and NGOs/IOs. The entity will provide stakeholders with impartial advice and recommended measures to drive net zero by 2050 in the UAE. This will include advice and recommendations on climate positive actions to reduce climate risk to the UAE before, during and after COP28 UAE.
UICCA aims to accelerate the transition to a green economy that will be necessary to deliver the net zero and climate agenda to which the UAE is committed. This will enable the UAE economy to benefit from the global momentum on climate action and will inform UAE policies to enable the transition to a green economy and have a strategic impact on the GDP and economic growth of the UAE.
UICCA is registered as a Non-Governmental Organization at the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).
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SOURCE Embassy of the United Arab Emirates