The first ever Green Business Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, will include a series of special panel discussions led by leading experts in international policy and sustainable development. Key topics include an assessment of global sustainability initiatives, how governments can create a policy framework that stimulates the transition to a greener future, and what it will take for the financial sector to encode sustainability into the capital markets.
The Green Business Summit, taking place at the Rosewood Hotel, Abu Dhabi on April 17th, will focus on the effect of economic growth on the natural environment, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and how businesses and the private sector can align growth with sustainable development.
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director-General at UNESCO, and Polly Courtice, Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership will host the first panel discussion on operating within the ‘planetary playing field’.
Ryabinin and Courtice will address the challenges and opportunities presented by the planetary boundaries framework, which identifies and quantifies nine boundaries under which humanity can develop sustainably. Since its introduction in 2009, the framework has gone on to underpin much of the world’s present thinking, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
His Excellency Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, the UAEs Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Siim Kiisler, Estonia’s Minister of Environment, Mohamed Mubarakh bin Daina, Chief Executive of Bahrain’s Supreme Council for the Environment, and Khaled Mohamed Fahmy Abdel Aal, Egypt’s Minister of Environment, will host a panel discussion on the politics of change.