Helen Clark: Remarks at press conference for launch of WGEO

Helen Clark: Statement at press conference for the international launch of World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO)

Nov 15, 2016

Your Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister,

Saeed Al Tayer, WGEO Chairman, DEWA Managing Director and  Vice Chair of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,

UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Thani Zeyoudi,

It is a great pleasure to be here today to mark the global launch by the United Arab Emirates of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) which will be hosted in Dubai.  Once fully operational in 2019, WGEO aims to play an important role in helping all countries, and in particular developing countries, move towards a green, low-carbon, and climate resilient future.  UNDP is proud to be associated with this endeavour and has been selected by the UAE to develop WGEO capacities over the next two years.

I commend the leadership of His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for moving forward the green economy and climate change agendas, and promoting the role of UAE as a global partner in sustainable development.

With the entry into force of the new Paris Climate Agreement on 4th November, we must now focus on its implementation. The new World Green Economy Organisation can be an important source of technical assistance to all countries on how to make the transition to low carbon, sustainable economies.

It can build on UAE’s role as a global partner for innovation, technology, and finance, and catalyze both South-South and North-South Co-operation.

Putting in place universal access and zero-carbon energy solutions helps achieve countries’ national climate targets, while also improving the delivery of health and education, and spurring growth which is inclusive of all.

Under UNDP’s capacity development project to build up WGEO capabilities over the next two years, UNDP will help its partners in Dubai map the options for establishing international organizations, institutional structures, ways of achieving integrated responses for green economy and climate change goals, and means of partnering with multilateral agencies, governments, foundations, the private sector, and civil society.

Green growth is the way of the future. At UNDP, we have worked with countries around the world to invest in new technologies and make economies greener and more climate-friendly. UNDP has a $2.8 billion portfolio of climate change initiatives in more than 140 countries. As the UN’s leading provider of country-level assistance to climate action, it stands ready to share lessons learned from more than 25 years of work in this field, and to support WGEO spread the green economy message worldwide.

Let me once again thank His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister, for your presence at the press conference, demonstrating UAE’s commitment to promotion of the green economy at the highest political level.

Let me also thank our partners, His Excellency Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and His Excellency Saeed Al Tayer, WGEO Chairman, DEWA Managing Director and Vice Chair of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, for their leadership in launching this important new organization. UNDP stands ready to support the new entity to become a valued source of innovative, solutions for advancing the green economy.