Through a summit held within the activities of «Expo 2020 Dubai»

The UAE, Jordan and the Netherlands tackle the challenges of water, energy and food security

  • "Expo 2020 Dubai" will start from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Archives


The United Arab Emirates, Jordan and the Netherlands are cooperating to shed light on the challenges facing water, energy and food security, through Expo 2020 Dubai, the first international expo to be hosted by the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. .

The efforts of the three countries will culminate in the high-level "Water, Energy and Food Summit" within the activities of "Expo 2020 Dubai" on January 19 and 20, 2022, in conjunction with the "Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week".

The summit will combine policy development with proposing practical solutions to address challenges related to water, energy and food.

Water and energy

Expo 2020 Dubai stressed, in a statement yesterday, that water, energy and food are the most important resources that are indispensable here for the continuation of human life and the achievement of sustainable development.

Climate change represents a major challenge that threatens the availability of these interconnected resources, while the rising global population and increasing urbanization are creating more pressures.

In order to be able to provide food for the world's population, whose number is expected to reach about 10 billion people by 2050, all of us must join efforts to efficiently manage our scarce natural resources, which is a challenge to the existence of the entire human race.

The Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Zawati, said: "The integration between the energy and water sectors improves the efficiency of energy and water use in order to meet the needs of the agricultural sector in a more efficient and better manner, and leads to the achievement of the countries' efforts in the areas of water, food and energy security."

Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, added: “Providing water, energy and food for all, at the regional and global levels, requires close cooperation between governments, companies and scientific institutions in order to provide sustainable solutions.

The joint research between the different countries will contribute to setting national and regional policies to provide water, energy and food for future generations.

Water security

For her part, Minister of State for Food and Water Security, Maryam Al Muhairi, said: “Jordan, the UAE and the Netherlands share many challenges related to water, energy and food security.

Therefore, it has become necessary to cooperate and exchange knowledge and experiences in these areas so that we can benefit from joint experiences in achieving the best possible results.

The high-level "Water, Energy and Food Summit" is an essential component of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Through it, the participating countries will be able to draw a roadmap for cooperation in order to ensure sustainable systems. ”

Innovation Lab

In turn, Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai and Chairman of the National Committee for Sustainable Development Goals, said: “The UAE is a living laboratory for innovation in food production technologies in dry climates, and (Expo 2020 Dubai), as A global forum dedicated to providing solutions to the most pressing challenges facing us, provides the UAE, the Netherlands and Jordan with an important opportunity to collaborate in the development and implementation of innovative solutions that we can share with the world.

"This tripartite cooperation also embodies our commitment to cross-border cooperation and our firm conviction that through collective action we can achieve the sustainable development goals, which leads to creating a cleaner, safer and healthier future for all by 2030," she added.

Interactive youth campaigns

During the phase preceding the holding of the "Water, Energy and Food Summit", in January 2022, interactive youth campaigns will be launched in each of the three countries with the aim of identifying challenges related to water, energy and food security. The results of these efforts will be presented to global leaders during the summit activities.

In addition, youth ambassadors will be announced as part of the summit program.

In furtherance of the discussions that will take place during the conference, the Netherlands will launch a joint research cooperation project involving research and academic institutions from the three countries under the leadership and coordination of a Dutch consortium, which will be responsible for developing three dynamic system models at the regional, national and urban levels.