The UAE, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority, won the hosting of the third edition of the conference on aviation and alternative fuels related to the environment and clean energy file, which is held every seven years, during the session of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which was recently held at the organization’s headquarters. In Montreal, Canada, where the decision came unanimously by all the member states of the Council. The Minister of Economy, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Abdullah bin Touq Al-Marri, said, “The country’s hosting of the Aviation and Alternative Fuels Conference coincides with its preparations to host the 28th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28), Which represents a global platform and an important opportunity to achieve a set of combined goals, the most important of which is facilitating the global transition to a green economy, achieving sustainability and economic diversification, and increasing growth. Bin Touq added, “The next stage will witness the strengthening of joint action in order to address the environmental and climatic challenges facing the world, which will contribute to achieving the goals of the country’s national strategies.” For his part, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, said, “The UAE has a proven track record in environmental work and regional and international cooperation to address the challenges of climate change. The national experience also gives us hope that there are promising capabilities to reduce the repercussions of climate change and build a better world.” What makes the UAE an ideal destination for holding this important conference, especially with the country’s recent announcement of the climate neutrality decision for the national aviation sector, as the country is considered one of the first countries in the field of sustainable fuels, and low-carbon fuels in the aviation sector in particular.
• The country has a proven track record in environmental work and international cooperation to address the challenges of climate change.