In conjunction with the 23rd edition of “WETEX and Dubai Solar”

The World Green Economy Summit will discuss food security in the world at Expo 2020 Dubai

  • The World Green Economy Summit will be held at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

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The seventh session of the "World Green Economy Summit", organized by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the World Green Economy Organization, reviews a set of core topics that constitute a mainstay for achieving sustainable development, including food security in the world, and its role in achieving sustainable green growth.

The summit will be held on the sixth and seventh of next October at the site of "Expo 2020 Dubai", in conjunction with the 23rd edition of the "WETEX and Dubai Solar Energy" exhibition, organized by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority from the fifth and seventh of October 2021.

The summit devotes a great deal of space to discuss the solutions, resources and research necessary to meet the challenges facing global food security, and the proactive measures that must be taken to enhance readiness and flexibility in facing various future variables, especially since the repercussions of the “Covid-19” pandemic have proven the importance of food security, as a pivotal part to achieving The well-being of the peoples of the world, and an urgent need to ensure the continuation of the work of vital sectors around the world, and to meet the development requirements in all fields.

food and agriculture

Given that food security is one of the priority files for governments for the post-pandemic stage, the summit will discuss the necessary conditions for food and agricultural technology, to meet the criteria of a green or circular economy, and to conserve natural resources, especially water in the productive process.

Specific initiatives have been launched to address various challenges, including the Food Technology Valley project in Dubai, which is one of the major initiatives that effectively contribute to the application of agricultural genetic engineering methods, and hydroponic and vertical farming patterns to ensure food security for the population.

Food security

Minister of State for Food and Water Security, Maryam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Al Muhairi, said that food security is one of the most important strategic pillars to promote sustainable development and achieve the goals of the green economy in the UAE, and the leadership attaches great importance to supporting the food sector through advanced infrastructure and technology employment. In order to increase and sustain local production in light of the many great challenges facing the UAE.

She added that enabling food security with all technical and innovative solutions is vital to the prosperity of the green economy in various vital sectors, and this economy is a pillar for the prosperity of the entire food value chain in the UAE.

Al Muhairi continued: "The World Green Economy Summit 2021 represents a practical step to support our efforts to enhance our national food security by reviewing the latest technological solutions to benefit from them, as well as exchanging experiences and global visions in light of the world's tendency to adopt green economy solutions in support of the entire food systems in all countries. the scientist".

She expressed her hope that the food security discussions during the summit would come out with supportive solutions for the food sector, as well as practical solutions that can be built upon to contribute to achieving the goals of the national strategy for food security.

integrated system

For his part, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, said that enhancing food security and sustainability is a strategic priority for the UAE, which is being ensured and achieved through an integrated system of possible and supportive factors, the most important of which is the use of modern technologies and innovative solutions, and strengthening the capabilities of Research and development, to ensure upgrading the capabilities of local food production, and to maintain the continuity of external supply chains and the necessary and supportive logistics services.

He added: "The UAE is working within its strategic direction to transform towards a green economy, thanks to the vision and directives of its leadership, to adopt and develop modern technical solutions that ensure the achievement of sustainability in all areas, including food security and sustainability, especially after the negative effects the world witnessed on supply chains, caused by The emerging Corona Virus pandemic,” noting that the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is working in cooperation and coordination with its strategic partners to review experiences and sustainable technological solutions that enhance the capabilities of achieving the priority of food security.

He stressed that the summit has become one of the most important global platforms for presenting and discussing the most important global challenges, ways to promote the transformation towards a green economy, and the exchange of successful experiences in this field. in the food sector.

sustainable food

In the same context, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Chairman of the World Green Economy Summit, said: “The World Green Economy Summit will discuss ways to advance food technology and the food value chain, and benefit from the latest technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in the presence of a number of dignitaries on the The local and global levels, including heads of state and government, and elite experts and specialists, which enhances the UAE’s contribution to providing sustainable global solutions that contribute to improving human life everywhere, and consolidate the country’s position as a leading global center for food security based on innovation and knowledge.

He added that the summit supports the efforts of the UAE to achieve the United Nations sustainable development goals for 2030, including the complete eradication of hunger and the "National Food Security Strategy 2051" launched by the UAE in 2018, which aims to develop a comprehensive national system based on the foundations of enabling production sustainable food.

Al Marashi: Strong and innovative strategic partnerships

Founding partner and chairperson of the Emirates Environmental Working Group, Habiba Al Marashi, stressed that the green economy is an effective means to achieve sustainable development.

She said that making the economy environmentally sustainable in the region is not an option, but rather an imperative to achieve sustainable development goals and provide more job opportunities, without affecting the nature of the planet.

Al Marashi added, “The issue of food has become very complicated.

On the one hand, there is the problem of food waste, and on the other hand, there is food security,” he said, pointing out that the current circumstances require the adoption of mechanisms to promote sustainable agriculture, and push the green growth path as an imperative.

She continued, "It requires building solid, innovative, multi-sectoral strategic partnerships and effective collaborative platforms. Hence, the UAE deserves, in the context of the World Green Economy Summit 2021, to be widely commended for its pioneering efforts and pioneering role in this regard."

• Food security is one of the most important strategic pillars for promoting sustainable development and achieving the goals of the green economy in the UAE.

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