GAIN’s Dr. Daboub Joins Fellow Council Members to Explore Practical Solutions
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 12-16, 2012
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy recently unveiled the Emirates Energy Award 2012-13 that promotes pioneering work in energy resilience and efficiency, alternative energy, sustainability, protection of the environment and innovation in technology. This is one example of the need to recognize and continue investing in adaptation in, not only infrastructure, but also, water, food, health, and coastal protection to name a few.
In addition to these granular efforts in adaptation, leaders in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, stepped up to co-host the World Economic Forum (Forum) Global Agenda Summit 2012 from November 12 through 16. The event is designed to capture knowledge from world leaders and decision makers within the Forum’s focus and integrate it into its global collaboration and decision-making processes.
Here, Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) CEO Dr. Juan José Daboub, Global Chair of the Forum Council on Climate Change, will join the other Council Members to discuss the urgent need to build resilience by tackling urbanization, climate change, resource scarcity and other global challenges.
“The WEF has recognized the urgent need to adapt to a fast-changing world,” Dr. Daboub said. “I’ve witnessed the challenges faced by vulnerable people in more than 110 countries as it relates to food, water, energy and lack of infrastructure. I’m convinced that private-sector-led solutions are crucial to save lives and improve livelihoods. Alongside my fellow council-members, we will identify best metrics to measure results, find adaptation synergies within the GACs, reach a broader group of stakeholders and highlight innovative business and financing solutions to increase resilience around the world.”
The Council is also eager to utilize its convening power, and scientific, private sector and policy background to determine best metrics, practices and policy in adaptation.
The Council on Climate Change, just like the Dubai energy council, recognizes the need to locate and promote projects that are replicable, marketable and scalable. In this same vein, GAIN believes in the power of demonstration projects; thus, has also recognized SMEs and entrepreneurs in Peru, Botswana and beyond with the GAIN Prize.
At the Dubai Summit, thought leaders from more than 80 countries will discuss and generate new insight and partnerships within the global market. The event is designed to engage these world experts through sessions and workshops that transform models and ideas into formative action plans that address today’s largest global challenges.
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The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization guided by a vision of building resilience to climate change and other global forces as a key component to sustainable development. Our work focuses primarily in four sectors – water, food & agriculture, energy and coastal protection. For more information, please visit us at GAIN.org.