Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei, former Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Nobel Peace Prize winner, arrived yesterday at Dubai International Airport to participate in Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011.
Commenting on his participation in the forum Dr. ElBaradei said: “The status of energy in the Arab world needs planning. We need to use automation in the use of all types of energy sources from gases to nuclear, renewable and coal. The Arab world should reach integration in energy by linking their electricity networks and providing large investments to produce and generate solar power that is abundant in all Arab states, allowing us to achieve economic development and sustainable growth in the Arab world.”
He further added: “It is important to achieve comprehensive development in the field of energy in the Arab world as this is the main factor in development. Arab countries should focus on economic studies in the energy field covering important areas such as safety and security in energy projects as well as the protection of the environment from carbon emissions.”
Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei will be joining a line of other prominent speakers who will participate in the forum, including Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India and one of its most distinguished scientists
The presence of Dr ElBaradei, who is one of the leading international figures in the field of energy, is a clear indication of the importance of Dubai Global Energy Forum at the global and regional levels.
The Egyptian energy expert was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of his efforts to contain the spread of nuclear weapons. He was born in Egypt and currently lives there after the end of his third term as the Director General of the International Agency for Atomic Energy. He had started his career in the agency in 1984, where he held several senior positions including Legal Counsel of the Agency, and Assistant Director-General for External Relations. He became the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency the first time in 1997 and was re-elected president for a second term in 2001 and third in 2005.
The Forum will see the participation of many energy experts and VIPs, decision makers, policy makers, corporate CEOs, researchers, scientists and analysts from around the world to exchange views on the emerging regional and global issues related to energy policies, programs, technologies and investment opportunities and challenges for a sustainable future.
The forum will further shed the light on the role played by the United Arab Emirates in the international energy sector, within the framework of a broader forum’s program that includes specialized sessions on many energy-related topics, including possible opportunities for advancing the partnership between the public and private sector in the field of energy, environment friendly initiatives, reduction of carbon emissions, green technologies, and others.
The Dubai Global Energy Forum 2011 will provide a platform for internationally-recognised experts to speak about the opportunities and challenges facing the energy sector. The first of its kind held in Dubai – the forum is organised by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, from 17 to 19 April 2011.