In his office, HE Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), President of the “Green Hands” program, received Dr. Abdulla Al-Neyadi, Chairman of the Al Tawasol International Tent and Chairman of the “Green Hands” program; and Dr. Abu Bakr Mohamed Hussein, environmental media expert, media advisor to the Sheikha Latifa Childhood Creativity Awards, and the Secretary General of Sheikh Rashid Award for the Humanitarian Personality.
During the meeting, HE Dr. Al-Suwaidi received the book, The Khalifa bin Zayed Initiative: the Knight of Environment and Sustainability, which was authored by Dr. Abu Bakr Hussein; and discussed how the book highlights the great attention HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God protect him), gives to environment and sustainability issues. The book, published in collaboration with the Al Tawasol International Tent and the ECSSR, reflects the keenness of HH Sheikh Khalifa to maintain and sustain the environment, which is embodied in the strategic plans that have been set forth. Such efforts are indeed necessary for any nation that aspires to continue to develop and progress.
According to HE Dr. Al-Suwaidi, the book is “a publication that is dear to us as it is regarded as a gesture of allegiance to a loyal and wise leadership with limitless benevolence. In a fine symphony of environmental devotion, this book documents the green processes that have been fueled by pure UAE thought to be recorded within the epochs of environmental stability efforts.”
The contents of the book include speeches by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD); and HE Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi—in which the aforementioned statement was written in his speech entitled “A testimony of distinction for a leader and knight that made a nation happy.”
In the speech of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness highlights the important role played by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul) in emphasizing the need to attend to environmental issues and sustainability, and to instill these values within the minds of the people. In line with such beliefs, HH Sheikh Hamdan also points to the importance of the National Environment Day, the late Sheikh Zayed’s initiative, which is annually observed on 4 February.
During the meeting, HE Dr. Al-Suwaidi underlined the importance of The Khalifa bin Zayed Initiative: the Knight of Environment and Sustainability as one of the most important initiatives undertaken by the Al Tawasol International Tent in the promotion of the UAE’s efforts to protect the environment and meet the requirements of sustainable development. Further, His Excellency mentioned that he is fully prepared and determined to promote the developmental and vital role played by the “Green Hands” program and that he will exert further effort to consolidate relations between the ECSSR and the Al Tawasol International Tent by harnessing the capabilities of the ECSSR’s operational, research and knowledge.
HE Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi expressed his pleasure and appreciation for the role played by the Al Tawasol International Tent; and its role in promoting development efforts in the UAE and in supporting community awareness for many vital issues.
For their part, Dr. Al-Neyadi and Dr. Abu Bakr Hussein expressed their appreciation for the hospitality provided by HE Dr. Al Suwaidi and for his eagerness to contribute to the success of the initiatives launched by the Al Tawasol International Tent—which include the role of the ECSSR in publishing the book and the hosting of the “Green Hands” press conference for its launch last February.