The former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has called upon the youth to challenge political and business leaders to control the world in a sustainable way.

On Tuesday, he said, “Our challenges are enormous. You look at the weather pattern. Each one of us has to work together. Nothing can be done alone,” at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary-general of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi had a conversation with Ban at the Future Sustainability Summit.

Ban Ki-moon has expressed his thoughts about UAE’s sustainability initiatives saying that “Many countries should emulate what the UAE is doing. Its leadership is investing wisely in the nation’s resources as well as addressing climate change and achieving sustainable development.”

He was impressed with UAE’s waste-to-energy projects. He said that we all have to try to deal with the challenges of changing climate because no country alone can overcome the challenge.

Al Mubarak considers that the power to adopt sustainability works more than information. According to Ban in the last UN conference on climate change, the world leaders have definitely adopted inspiring initiatives.

There were also other leaders at the ADSW on Tuesday. In the Global Leaders Panel Discussion three African leaders shared their thoughts about the future plans of Africa.

Ebrahim Keita, President of Mali, said, “Today we have the full intention to make sure the international community will not regret to have supported Africa in such a strong way.”

João Lourenço, President Republic of Angola, also attended the event and she has also expressed her dream about the sustainability of future Africa.


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