Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will welcome an estimated 30,000 attendees at more than 30 events from January 18-25, 2014, making it one of the largest global gatherings to date dedicated to the wider adoption of renewable energies and sustainable development.
The event, which will run over seven days in the UAE capital, will see decision makers from government, industry, academia and civil society address some of the world's most urgent energy and sustainability challenges, including the economics of renewable energies, the effects of water scarcity, and the impact on the environment and natural resources of population growth and our ever expanding cities.
Further raising Abu Dhabi's profile as a global platform to address issues at the heart of the energy-water-and-waste nexus, ADSW 2014 is expected to attract attendees from 172 countries, up from 155 nations last year.
"With the World Future Energy Summit as its cornerstone, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will set a new benchmark both for attendee numbers - 30,000 up from 26,000 last year - and new initiatives launched," said Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director.
"Crucially, more than 30 events over the seven days will open doors to the substantial commercial opportunities of sustainable development and renewable energy, as well as debate the necessary progress in policy and technology to achieve a sustainable future," he added.
The World Future Energy Summit, now in its seventh year, will be the centrepiece of ADSW. Hosted by Masdar from January 20-22, WFES 2014 will stage a three-day conference and large-scale exhibition, with new and expanded features including the Sustainable Living Expo, the Project and Finance Village, and the Green Careers Fair.
Around 125 speakers will address this year's WFES conference programme, which begins with the Global Leaders' Summit on day one, followed by a global and Middle East perspective on the present and future landscape for renewable energies on day two, and a final day session dedicated to next-generation sustainable energy technologies.
Notable speakers include Jeffrey Sachs, director, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Christof Rühl, chief economist, BP Global; Marie-Jose Nadeau, president, World Energy Council; Santiago Seage, chairman and CEO, Abengoa Solar; Jos Verbeek, lead economist, development prospects group, World Bank; James Cameron, founder and executive chairman, Climate Change Capital; and Bernard Clement, senior vice president for new energies and operations, Total.
Co-located with WFES and also hosted by Masdar will be the second International Water Summit and the inaugural EcoWASTE exhibition. Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will include more than 30 events across a variety of platforms, from high-level discussions to public awareness campaigns.