MEP Middle East
“Youth empowerment is paramount to the UAE’s growth”, said Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy (DoE) chairman HE Awaidha Al Marar on Monday.
Speaking at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020, Al Marar highlighted the importance of harnessing youths to achieve the emirate’s sustainability goals.
“The youth are poised to lead the energy sector – and society as a whole – towards greater sustainability and efficiency. With our sights set on the sustainability objectives outlined in our vision, the DoE strives to come up with programmes to engage the youth and harness their energy to achieve the emirate’s sustainability goals,” he said.
This year’s ADSW focuses on youth as the agents of change who will lead the world towards a sustainable future. Currently, youths make up 42 percent of Abu Dhabi’s population.
Al Marar said that young people have the highest stakes in the future because they are the “leaders of tomorrow”.
“The youth today are open to embracing technology which makes them the ideal candidates for taking charge of the future. According to the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Survey, 78.6% of young people think technology is ‘creating’ as opposed to ‘destroying’ jobs,” he said.
Al Marar added that the country’s youth are far more aware and concerned with sustainability and climate issues.