Today at the UAE Pavilion at COP27, Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Director of the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA), was appointed on CEMUNE’s Advisory Board, where her expertise on sustainability and climate leadership will support CEMUNE’s efforts in the region. This marks the first time that a person from the Middle East will undertake an advisory role for the international, non-profit advisory organisation, which has been recognised for contributing to the significant regional and international achievements in sustainability.

Her Highness Sheikha Shamma joining the advisory board also signifies the key role women play in sustainability and climate action in the UAE. Furthermore, the representation from the Middle East will undoubtedly lead to deeper insights and knowledge while we work in cohesion to achieve a more sustainable, circular and green economy.

Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan stated: “I’m extremely proud to be the first person from the region to be part of CEMUNE’s Advisory Board, and I am pleased to be able to bring my unique perspectives representing my region.”

Commenting on the signing, His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change said: “I welcome this collaboration between CEMUNE and UICCA. Partnerships like this are going to be vital to our ability to accelerate climate action, in the lead up to COP28, and during this decisive decade. I wish Sheikha Shamma every success in her new role on the board of CEMUNE as she continues to be a leading voice for climate progress, both in the Middle East and across the world.”

Dr Kai Monheim, Director and Managing Partner of Centre of Multilateral Negotiations said: “We are extremely happy to welcome Her Highness to the Centre’s Advisory Board. With her knowledge and leadership, CEMUNE will be able to help achieve further progress on key global issues through ambitious multilateralism in the GCC region. We look forward to our partnership and what we can achieve going forward.