On the occasion of 100th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of UAE, a seminar was organized on May 2, 2018 in the capital of India, New Delhi, where speakers appreciated the efforts of Sheikh Zayed in the field of environmental protection. The Seminar was jointly organized by the United Arab Emirates Embassy in New Delhi and Zayed International Foundation, UAE.
Dr. Mohamed bin Fahad, Chairman of Zayed International Foundation for the Environment, opened an exhibition of photographs on the life of Sheikh Zayed in the presence of an invited gathering of Indian environmentalists and some Arab diplomats. The rare photographs show the UAE’s Founding Father nurturing his nascent federation in its early years with special focus on protecting the environment.
Later Dr. Mohamed bin Fahad, delivered the opening address of the seminar with the theme of ‘Zayed Green Challenge.’ Dr. Fahad, who is also the Deputy Commander in Chief of the Dubai Police, spoke of efforts by Dubai Police to promote sustainability in the roles of senior officials at Dubai Police.
While speaking on the occasion, India’s prominent environmentalist and Founder of the Development Alternatives group Dr. Ashok Khosla, said that Sheikh Zayed was one of the “greatest heroes” of the 20th century because of his vision and his generosity in promoting causes for humanity.
Dr. Khosla was a recipient of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in the second category in 2014. The mission of the Development Alternatives, which he founded, is to help make national development strategies in India more environmentally and socially sustainable.
While addressing the gathering, Dr. Meshgan Mohamed Al Awar, Secretary-General of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, gave a detailed presentation on the prestigious prize, its inception and its global motivation.
She familiarised Indians about the Foundation and explained that it was founded in 1999 by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to recognise and encourage environmental achievements, promote the implementation of Agenda 21, Millennium Development Goals, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation for Sustainable Development, Outcomes of Rio+20 and Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the vision and philosophy of Sheikh Zayed.
Dr. Al Awar also quoted from tributes paid to Sheikh Zayed by world leaders when they were in office – such as former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, ex-French President Jacques Chirac, former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and Britain’s reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
Indian attendees took much interest in an App for Android and iPhones which will give them access to the Zayed Green Challenge, whose significance as a green education platform was explained to the audience at the event.