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New council to grow UAE's green economy

ABU DHABI // A new council to develop policies to protect the environment was formed by the government on Sunday.

The UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment will also make recommendations to set up a green economy through management of natural resources.

The council was established through a ministerial decision by Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.

Its members will come from other ministries, including Zahra El Aboudi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Sultan Al Shamsi, assistant undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy, and 25 other government and ministerial officials.

The council will represent the UAE in regional and international negotiations related to the scope of work of the ministry.

It will also create partnerships with the private sector and conduct studies and lead scientific research in fields related to the ministry’s work.

“The ministry will seek to find innovative solutions for pressing environmental issues that we face without compromising economic development and yet protect our culture and heritage,” said Dr Al Zeyoudi. “The council is expected to be a role model in playing the key leadership roles in climate change and environmental issues of the region.”

The ministry formed the council following directives of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.

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