Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) has set out its climate action agenda which will be held during COP28.

Organised by Masdar, the special edition of ADSW will empower global climate action and enable decision making at COP28 to address global decarbonisation ambitions.

An integral part of the special edition of ADSW will be the ADSW summit, taking place on 4 December 2023, which will spotlight three critical strategic themes: Unlocking Financing for the Green Economy, Enabling Energy Transition and Making Business Sustainable.

The ADSW summit will explore what the global community must do to ensure that all nations, including those with limited resources, have access to technologies and innovations at scale. The summit will also examine how organisations can positively impact society and integrate sustainable practices into their operations.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said: "This special edition of ADSW at COP28 provides a unique opportunity to further identify and discuss pathways for climate action partnerships. A critical step towards solving the climate crisis is recognising existing blockages in the system and developing effective solutions."

"For over 15 years, ADSW has continued to provide a platform for thought leadership and climate action, bringing together leaders from across governments, the private sector and civil society to discuss and engage on bold climate action and the innovations that will ensure a sustainable world for future generations. I look forward to bridging the thematic discussions into tangible outcomes during ADSW at COP28."

The special edition of ADSW at COP28 will include Abu Dhabi Global Market’s Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum on 4 December, and the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum on 5 and 7 December.

Salem Mohammed Al Darei, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Authority, said: "At ADGM, we see ourselves as an important driving force in bridging the capital gap required for achieving net-zero emissions as well the UAE’s journey towards a sustainable future by 2050, having created an ecosystem with a robust regulatory framework that champions sustainable finance and funding climate transition."

"Through the critical discussions at Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum this year, we are set to bring about concrete decisions that will contribute to the much-needed climate financing and position Abu Dhabi as not just any capital city but a capital of green capital."

Frederick Kempe, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Council, said: "All eyes are on Dubai as global energy and climate leaders gather for COP28 to assess the results of global action to curb emissions and meet net-zero goals. Hosting the eighth Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum at COP28 provides an unparalleled opportunity to convene world energy and climate leaders, and inspire decisive action as they seek to tackle how to best respond to the geopolitics of the energy transition."

In the COP28 Green Zone, the ADSW Partnership Hub will run a series of structured collaborative activities at the Alif Pavilion from 5 to 6 December, which will encourage participants to exchange ideas and build successful business relationships.

From 3 to 7 December, ADSW’s virtual content platform ADSW Live will be streaming a series of interviews live and direct from the Green Zone, capturing daily reaction to climate discussions, and sharing sustainability-oriented content.

The Women in Sustainability Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative will co-host the inaugural Arab Women Leaders’ Summit with the COP28 Presidency held under Gender Inclusion and Climate Change: Advancing Equality for a Resilient Future, on 4 December.

The Y4S Annual Forum, taking place on 8 December and hosted by Youth 4 Sustainability, will provide a platform for youth to engage in fruitful discussions and promote solutions towards deepening youth participation in climate mitigation.

ADSW at COP28 confirmed sponsors include the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Emirates Global Aluminium, Emirates Steel Arkan, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Investcorp, Abu Dhabi Chamber, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, Mubadala, Huawei Tech, HSBC, GE Vernova, Baker Hughes, Agthia Group, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, BEEAH Group and SLB.