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14 Sep, 2023

Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy launches “the Centre for Climate Diplomacy”

Strategic partnership with Mubadala and ADNOC, AGDA aims to advance effective research to inform the UAE’s foreign policy on climate change.

Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA), in collaboration with Mubadala and ADNOC, is launching “The Centre for Climate Diplomacy” which aims to advance effective climate change research, underlining the importance of research in guiding the UAE’s foreign policy on climate change and inspiring ambitious climate action.

The primary objectives of the centre include coordination of a shared research agenda with academic and research institutions, and think tanks in the Middle East, to serve as a regional hub for climate research. Regular briefing sessions will also be held for government representatives and strategic partners.  The centre aims to forge partnerships with public and private sectors, supporting their decarbonisation efforts.

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNOC said, “The UAE continues to advance progressive solutions to address climate change and diplomacy plays a crucial role in enabling greater collaboration across public and private sectors. The urgent need for effective climate action at scale demands that organisations and individuals from every sector and from around the world come together to deliver tangible action. This requires diplomacy supported by evidence with a strong basis in science. Building on the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy’s strong track record in developing the skills, knowledge base and capacity for climate diplomacy, the Centre will leverage the collective experience, expertise, and resources of its partners to accelerate the global drive towards Net Zero.” 

His Excellency Nickolay Mladenov, Director General of the Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA), commented: “As the first country in the Middle East to sign the Paris Agreement, the UAE is actively committed to the implementation of initiatives to address the urgent climate crisis.  The launch of our Centre for Climate Diplomacy is aligned with this commitment, focused on supporting diplomatic efforts to address climate change through a number of areas that include climate diplomacy, mitigation, adaptation, and finance.  Our collaboration with Mubadala and ADNOC also enables us to develop comprehensive and holistic solutions to combat climate change, through diverse perspectives, capabilities, and networks.  We believe that this platform will serve as a catalyst for innovation, encourage discussion, and present feasible solutions to address the challenge of climate change.”

Mansour Al Ketbi, of Mubadala Foundation, which manages Mubadala’s CSR, philanthropic and community related initiatives commented: “As the UAE prepares to host COP28, one of the world’s largest diplomatic summits, Mubadala Foundation and AGDA will play a key role in ensuring we are advancing skills and knowledge in climate diplomacy. This Centre will offer an invaluable opportunity to advance our understanding of how to create real and transformative change, and Mubadala Foundation is proud to support this initiative. We look forward to working closely with AGDA and future partners on projects to help solve the world’s biggest challenges.”

The Centre for Climate Diplomacy will commence by establishing knowledge alliances with AGDA's global partners. It will invite experienced non-resident fellows to conduct research contributing to the global discussion on addressing climate change. The centre will also organise a series of briefings, publications, and events.

The Centre for Climate Diplomacy will encourage AGDA's involvement in joint research projects with other think tanks and universities. The main research pillars for the centre include Sustainable & Climate Finance, Energy Transition, Adaptation & Resilience, and Climate Diplomacy & Security.

Aligned with the global priorities leading up to COP28, the Centre for Climate Diplomacy will serve as a critical and sustainable platform for experts, researchers, and policymakers to collaborate and address the challenges of the growing climate crisis. By leveraging the collective expertise of key entities, this initiative aims to produce actionable solutions and drive transformative change on local, regional, and global levels.

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