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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week reimagined for 2021 to help set agenda for green recovery from COVID-19

09 Sep 2020 Press Release

Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum and other high-level ADSW events set to take place virtually in January
Full physical program of ADSW postponed until 2022 to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; September 9, 2020: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), the global platform for accelerating sustainable development, hosted by Masdar, has been reimagined as a virtual event for 2021.

Ensuring the safety of all participants, ADSW 2021 and related high-level events during the week are set to take place virtually. In addition, ADSW partners including its host Masdar will collaborate on a one-day virtual summit. The full physical program of ADSW is postponed to 2022. 

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will be held between 18 – 21 January 2021.

The Summit hosted by Masdar will be held on January 19. Dedicated to ensuring a green recovery, the Summit will feature three two-hour sessions of speeches, presentations and panel debates, reaching a global audience across multiple time zones.  

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of Masdar, said: “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week embodies the United Arab Emirate’s proactive and forward-thinking approach to sustainability and its commitment to furthering our understanding of the major social, economic and technological issues shaping the world today. 

“Holding ADSW in a virtual format in 2021 will allow us to continue to drive the sustainability agenda forward in the line with the vision of the UAE, ensuring that the world’s attention remains focused on the actions required to achieve a healthier, safer and more sustainable future for all.”

ADSW 2021 will reinforce the message that a decade of concerted action is required to deliver on the Sustainability Development Goals, and that the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 have further illustrated the critical importance of achieving a truly sustainable recovery for all – one that combines the commitment, ambition and collaboration of governments, businesses and community stakeholders. 

The IRENA Assembly takes place each year in the context of ADSW. Director-General, Francesco La Camera, said: “The annual Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of IRENA, tasked with addressing the most pressing matters on the global energy agenda and establishing the Agency’s priorities. As ever, the Agency remains responsive to the needs of its global membership. Despite the exceptional circumstances, we are confident that the next Assembly will embody the inclusiveness and transparency that has come to define it, while ensuring that IRENA retains a position at the forefront of a sustainable recovery and the broader global energy transformation. 

The 2020 edition of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week hosted around 45,000 attendees from 170 countries, with more than 500 high-level speakers from around the world.