Bahrain set to host Sustainability Forum Middle East for second time

BAHRAIN is again set to host the second edition of the Sustainability Forum Middle East on January 9, 2024 under the patronage of Oil and Environment Minister, Special Envoy for Climate Affairs Dr Mohamed Bin Daina.

The forum, supporting regional decarbonation initiatives, will focus on “Achieving Net Zero – Pathways to Accelerating Implementation”.

The inaugural edition on January 12 this year attracted more than 400 senior decision makers, sustainability experts and dignitaries in Bahrain with high-level speakers and panels including top government officials and business and climate leaders, examining national and regional net-zero commitments and the critical role of the private sector in achieving them.

The second edition, to be held after the much anticipated COP28, set to take place in the UAE in November this year, will review the outcomes of the annual United Nations climate meeting and the road ahead towards net-zero including new strategies and solutions for regional decarbonisation and pathways for accelerating implementation.

This includes essential collaborations and tools, funding and the regulations required to support economic transition and progress across all sectors. COP28 will be the second consecutive UN global climate meeting taking place in the region, after COP27 in Egypt in November 2022, further shining a spotlight on Mena’s important and unique role in global decarbonisation.

Leading up to the forum in January 2024, Sustainability Forum Middle East will hold a Decarbonisation Roundtable Series with the first set for May 23, 2023 in Bahrain on “Carbon Markets – Accelerating and Funding the Road to Net-Zero”.

It will look at the role carbon markets can play in helping businesses and countries achieve their net-zero ambitions.

Featuring participation from public and private sector actors engaged in carbon markets and senior representatives from regional carbon market companies, the roundtable will provide an overview of carbon markets and help build better awareness of their growth and practical workings as well as the potential benefits they can provide as part of broader efforts to support and fund decarbonisation and the road to net zero.

Dr Bin Daina said, “Launching the second edition of the forum follows the success achieved by the first edition locally, regionally, and globally in emphasising Bahrain’s continuous pursuit to support those initiatives and programmes that enhance national partnership and international co-operation in all aspects of sustainable development. Proceeding with extra efforts is crucial to strengthening co-operation, elevating co-ordination, and experiencing exchange among countries, organisations, and climate change-related parties to find ways to adapt to and alleviate its effects while meeting obligations and international treaties associated with the environment and sustainable development. We are looking forward to the complementary success of the international efforts on the sidelines of the second edition.”

Laila Danesh, managing director of FinMark Communications, the forum’s founder and organiser, said, “We’re delighted to announce the launch of the second edition of Sustainability Forum Middle East in January 2024, where we will continue to look at the region’s decarbonisation efforts and ways to support and accelerate implementation.”




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