Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Special Representative Yang Jiechi, also a Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, addresses the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in Abu Dhabi, Capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The event, the largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, started on Monday and awarded winners for their innovation in environmental protection. 

China and the United Arab Emirates aim to jointly boost sustainable development in the world, said HE Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping & Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China on Monday.

Yang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, extending Xi’s congratulations to the annual event.

Citing Xi’s remarks that “lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets,” Yang stressed that sustainable development for a green planet weighs a lot in the future of human beings, a huge plan that needs collaboration and joint efforts.

It is imperative that all parties pull strength to precipitate a scientific and technological revolution in the energy sector as that is the only way to bring about a disruptive technological breakthrough needed for us to attain net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“China advocates a win-win, equitable and balanced level government system in climate change and regards it as the first possible example of a community with a shared future where all parties enjoy intertwining interests, shared responsibilities and great harmony.”

“China adheres to the principle of maintaining harmony between human and nature, and has chosen the path of sustainable development,” Yang said.

“Low-carbon and green development is crucial in China’s economic transition, global cooperation and responsibility for building a community with a shared future for mankind.”

“As friendly partners in promoting the Belt & Road Initiative which also sees sustainable development a core value, China and the Arab world, also with other countries, shall join hands to build a clean and beautiful world,” Yang added.

Yang, together with H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, honoured innovation pioneers with the Zayed Sustainability Prize named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, late founding father of the UAE.

A total of 10 winners were awarded this year for their contribution to the sustainable development in food, health, water and education.

Established in 2008, the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is a global event in the sector of renewable energy and related technologies, held every year in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.