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The United Nations calls for inspiration from experience and wisdom from the biography of the late Sheikh Khalifa

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres renewed his condolences to the government and people of the UAE on the death of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

In a statement before a special memorial session held by the United Nations General Assembly today at its headquarters in New York, Guterres called on the international community to draw inspiration from the experience of the wisdom of the late Sheikh Khalifa and from his biography and leadership full of humanitarian, development and multilateral humanitarian positions and achievements, which were based on the foundations laid by the father The founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The Secretary-General referred to the saying of the late Sheikh Khalifa: My father is my teacher.. I learn something from him every day, follow his approach and absorb from him his values ​​and the need for patience and prudence in everything,” stressing that Sheikh Khalifa learned these lessons well.

He said: On these foundations laid by the late Sheikh Zayed... the late Sheikh Khalifa led the Emirates to see today the greatest major cities in our world.

The Secretary-General reviewed some of the manifestations of the civilizational transformation witnessed by the UAE in the fields of supporting global multilateral humanitarian action, development and promoting investments and research in the field of renewable energy and climate action to protect the planet for future generations and others.

"I will always remember the generosity of Sheikh Khalifa and the Emirati people towards those in need...this massive increase in his support for multilateral humanitarian action has saved countless lives and motivated others to give as well," Guterres said.

He referred to the role of the late in promoting sustainable development and climate action to protect our planet for future generations and the consequent promotion of investments and research in the field of renewable energy to diversify the country's energy mix and reduce carbon emissions. He said, "I was amazed by my visit to the largest solar power plant in one location in the world, which is Noor Abu Dhabi, home to more than 3 million solar panels stretching across the desert, which he considered logical to make Abu Dhabi the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, the first international organization focusing exclusively on renewable energy and playing a vital role in supporting countries in transition to a sustainable energy future.

Guterres said, "At this time of mourning, we remember the advice of the late Sheikh Khalifa that "preparation for the future - near or far - begins today, not tomorrow." May God protect him” and to build a world of peace, prosperity and dignity for all.

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