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World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012

Highlights for 16 January 2012

Masdar
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Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, during the Opening Ceremony and Policy Forum

The fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 16 January 2012. The first day of this four-day event was organized around the theme “Policy and Strategy Forum,” and comprised opening statements from Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO Masdar; Wen Jiabao, Premier, China; Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and other dignitaries, followed by special addresses and ministerial panels. The WFES program also included roundtable discussions, an exhibition hall, and numerous other side events and activities.

OPENING CEREMONY

Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO Masdar, opened the Summit. Describing WFES as a platform for sharing experience and vision, Al Jaber offered examples of innovation and growth in the renewable energy sector including increases in wind power, greater solar capacity, and parallel cost reductions and technology improvements.

Wen Jiabao, Premier, China, stressed the historic connection between harnessing energy and human progress. He said that China will continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea, described Korea’s low carbon, green growth strategy and shared Korea’s experience in green growth.

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President, UN General Assembly, highlighted the UN 2012 International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, stressed the need to end energy poverty to ensure equal opportunities. He described the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as Rio+20) meetings as the beginning of a multi-year mission to achieve sustainable energy for all, and called for a new energy future that harnesses the power of technology and innovation in the service of people and the planet.

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Wen Jiabao, Premier, People's Republic of China
Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President, UN General Assembly
Kim Hwang-sik, Prime Minister, Republic of Korea

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Aida Mohammad Al Busaidy, Communications, Masdar

Video presented to delegates during the Opening Ceremony and Policy Forum

Bertrand Piccard, CEO, Solar Impulse, Switzerland
Aidan Dwyer, Young Innovator-Group of Students, US

Youth Innovators and Students
Youth delegate pledging the young generation's
commitment to innovation for a cleaner future






Ministers' Panel on Sustainable Energy for All

Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, India
Charles Holliday, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bank of America

Adnan Amin, Director General,
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Kandeh Yumkella, Director General,
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Ministers' Panel on Action towards Universal Energy Access

Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP)
Mitsuyoshi Yanagisawa, Vice Minister of Economy, Trade & Industry, Director General for Local Nuclear Response Headquarters, Japan

Daniel Johansson, Vice Minister of Energy, Sweden
Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for
Development, European Commission

Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy & Coordinator,
International Energy Affairs (IEA), US
Stage view of the Ministers' Panel on
Action towards Universal Energy Access

Ministers' Panel on The Role of the Government Institutions in Accelerating the Transition to a Global Clean Energy Economy

Achim Steiner, Executive Director,
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office & Minister
for Home Affairs & Trade & Industry

José María Figueres, Former President, Costa Rica
David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary
for Policy & International Affairs, US

Jordy Herrara, Minister of Energy, Mexico
Georg Schütte, State Secretary, Germany

Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State, United Kingdom
Walter Steinmann, State Secretary for Energy, Switzerland

International Energy Agency (IEA) and IRENA sign a letter of intent
Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding
between New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization (NEDO)
and IRENA




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