World Future Day: December 2
UNESCO declares December 2 World Future Day
On November 25, 2021, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared December 2 as World Future Day. This date was chosen to coincide with the national holiday of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and to highlight the actions taken in the country over the past 50 years. This newly created world day aims to reinforce the country's efforts to anticipate the future and develop international collaborations. The UAE should become "...a destination for minds and talents, a center of innovation for future solutions, and a global model for anticipating what’s to come up in the future..." according to the Minister of State for Government Development and Future, Ohoud bent Khalfane Al Roumi.
A few days before the COP27 the United States and the United Arab Emirates have reached an important agreement to finance the energy transition. Indeed, the two countries commit to spend 100 billion dollars to accelerate the transition to clean energy. The press release states that the partnership provides "...funding for clean energy in both countries, support for significant commercial investments, and other assistance to emerging countries whose clean development is both underfunded and critical to the global climate effort." It also states that the two nations "...will also invest in the management of harmful emissions such as carbon and methane, the development of advanced nuclear technology, and the decarbonization of the industrial and transportation sectors."
The United Arab Emirates is indeed very ambitious when it comes to climate. They have announced as early as the end of 2021 a considerable national effort to reach zero net emissions by 2050. They are thus the first Gulf country to take action in favor of the climate. This participation in the global effort to fight climate change could accelerate the search for low-carbon solutions such as CO2 capture or natural hydrogen exploration.
The United Arab Emirates will host the next UN climate conference - COP28 - in 2023.
In 2023, Eliis will open an office in Dubai, an emblematic city looking towards the future and economic, industrial and social changes.