Pearl Initiative & UNGC 2nd regional forum held in Dubai

Talks of sustainable development initiated in Dubai as UN affiliated Pearl Initiative beings in Dubai on 27 October 2016

Pearl Initiative & UNGC 2nd regional forum held in Dubai

The second regional forum of Pearl Initiative, in collaboration with UN Global Compact, was held on Thursday in Conrad Hotel, Dubai. This year's theme of Pearl Initiative was "Sustainability in Action: Business and the United Nations Global Goals".

On this occasion, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Pearl Initiative, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, said: "The UAE is engaged in sustainable development," as he carries forward the dream of making United Arab Emirates a sustainable country, like the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan had wished, along with the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Efforts are being made by the government to have private and public institutions abide by sustainability and development goals that have been set by the United Nations' committee.

Principles of accountability, transparency and good governance are being applied by the government to attain sustainable economy, added Sheikh Nahyan. He also said Abu Dhabi had established International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), to protect natural resource and cope with the environment.

Over 143 companies based in the UAE, small, medium and large scale businesses, including educational institutions and non-profit organisations, have adapted to the UN Global Compact principles of accountability, transparency and governance.

Sheikh Nahyan has praised Ban Ki Moon for supporting and initiating the efforts to introduce the culture global and economic sustainability and heritage. He also appreciated UN Global Compact for establishing and promoting the principles of accountability, transparency and governance.