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Sustainable Development Progress in Italy and the United Arab Emirates

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President of UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced that 2023 will be the “Year of Sustainability”.

The “Year of Sustainability” will include several initiatives, activities and events that draw upon the UAE's deep-rooted values of sustainability and the legacy of its founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It will also focus on environmental sustainability by inspiring collective action through a nationwide commitment towards sustainable practices, in line with the UAE’s national strategy, bringing together everyone who calls the UAE home to work towards a prosperous future.

His Highness also emphasised that the Year of Sustainability has particular significance as the UAE prepares to host the 28th United Nations climate change summit, Conference of Parties (COP28). He stated that the UAE is determined for COP28 to set a precedent in the collective global efforts to address climate change.

On the occasion of the Sustainable Development Festival 2023, promoted by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Italian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, together with the Italian Cultural Institute, is pleased to host a panel discussion on Sustainable Development Progress in Italy and the United Arab Emirates, on 31st May 2023, 18.30 pm at Italian Cultural Institute in Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Francesco Favaro, CEO of Watergy International Group, is one of the speakers on the discussion panel and he will present the project #isuppoetalbedo at the event.

The project #ISUPPORTALBEDO is made from Watergy International in collaboration with University of Sharjah and Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sull'Inquinamento e sull'Ambiente - "Mauro Felli" (CiRiAF).

HAS technologies could be proposed as a complementary strategy for GW mitigation in order to cope international commitments against Climate Changes.

HAS may introduce three separate contributions:

-  The direct contribution to the mitigation of global warming by reflecting out of the atmosphere the component of short-wave radiation coming from the sun;
-  The indirect contribution generated by the energy saving for reducing cooling requirements of buildings;
-  The indirect contribution for mitigating the urban heat island phenomenon. 

The CO2 compensation capacity of the albedo UAE locations has been quantified that about 5 to 6 m2 of high albedo surface can offset 1 CO2eq tons.

The #isupportalbedo project aim to obtain the approval for the Albedo control technology as a way to produce carbon credits tradable on the EU ETS as same as solar or carbon sequestration technologies. The success of the project depend on the support that it will receive from the international community and from governments.

Sustainable Development Progress in Italy and the United Arab Emirates Agenda

Master of Ceremony: Aya Al Aseer, Global Council on SDG13
18:30 - 18:40 Opening Speech
Ida Zilio Grandi, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute 

18:40 -18:45 Sustainability and Finance
A dialogue with Pierluigi Ciabattoni, Italian Foreign Trade Insurance Services (SACE) at the UAE 

18:45 - 19:25 Discussion Panel: The Private Sector in Pursuing SDGs
Francesco Favaro, CEO, WATERGY
Davide Felugo, Head of the UAE Branch, Ansaldo Energia
Chiara Busa, Lead researcher at Technology Innovation Institute (TII)
Mohamed Al Shamsi, CEO Abu Dhabi Development Group
Reem Al Musabbeh, CEO, Esaal Technology Solutions
AlMaha Almuhairi, Founder of Mahaya’s

19:25 - 19:30 Sustainability and Art
A dialogue with Paolo Nicolai

19:30 - 19:35 Closing Remarks
Lorenzo Fanara, Ambassador of Italy in the UAE

In the same subject frame, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and ADNOC, are guesting the  second edition of the “Make it in the Emirates Forum”, which will take place from May 31 to June 1, 2023, at the Abu Dhabi Energy Center (, at the presence of H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry & Advanced Technology, COP28 President-Designate, H.E Sarah Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology and H.E Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED).

In the picture: Patrizia Marin, President of Marco Polo Experience and H.E Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry & Advanced Technology, COP28 President-Designate 

The Forum brings together the largest industrial companies and enablers from across the UAE to share their procurement plans, significant investment opportunities and how these translate into local manufacturing investment opportunities. These companies will prioritize local products Made in the UAE and are looking to engage with top-ranked local and international businesses, investors, manufacturers and technology providers in sectors including energy, telecoms, aerospace, healthcare and food & beverages keen to invest in UAE-based manufacturing and production.

Marco Polo Experience and its President Patrizia Marin ( will be part of these two amazing events.

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