UAE Local Network Representative
Our aim has been, to look at the future of the UAE with a strategic but optimistic eye. We have worked hard to shed light on the ten principles through a local lens.
We have worked with our stakeholders to understand what the categories and platforms mean beyond the ten principles, as well as have embraced the sustainable development goals, which has been instrumental.
Respect for the ten principles is essential when adopting the SDGs into business strategy. We have evolved to including other United Nations platforms namely the Women Empowerment Principles and the Business for Peace Initiative. Once an organization meets the basic standards of the ten principles, they should use the SDGs to open innovative business opportunities.
As a local network, we are a platform available to businesses, academic institutes, non-profits, the public sector and the youth in order to find solutions together. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has said “The UAE has selected creativity and innovation as pathways to progress. The pillar of this creativity lies between the covers and pages of the book. So open up new avenues of knowledge for them, and help them make research and curiosity a habit from the early ages. This will help develop a generation of scholars and scientists who will pursue progress and development.”
The idea is not to reinvent the wheel. The purpose is to share and learn through a variety of expertize and work that is happening across the country, as well as internationally.
Over the year, we have created taskforces under the lead of our beloved and passionate steering committee. Each taskforce is mandated to put its consensus into action.
Our focus, aside from increasing participation, for the coming years, will be to build strategic partnerships, engage the youth, build research with different partners including government entities to ensure we as stakeholders – are all aligned. We take responsibility to unify the mission of the local network with the UAE mission for a sustainable future.