H.E Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan inaugurates the 3rd Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum

12 Nov 2012

Leading experts from the UAE and Switzerland were brought together at Zayed University Abu Dhabi, by the third meeting of Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum, which saw participants debate on issues related to water sustainability.



Focusing on Water Sustainability for Future Generations, participants at the 2-day meeting will debate and investigate one of the greatest challenges on the national, regional and global level for all nations.



In his opening remarks, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University stressed that the prudent leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi,  has put the UAE on the right path to protect the environment and achieve the optimal investment of its resources.



"Thanks to the support extended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, our country has developed sound environmental policies which strike a balance between the demands of economic growth and preserving environmental resources," said Sheikh Nahayan.



The forum was launched in November 2010 with the aim to strengthen the bilateral relations between the UAE and Switzerland and achieve sustainable results through effective networking, knowledge and innovation sharing by addressing a variety of economic and societal challenges.



Alternating between the two countries, the 2nd Forum had successfully taken place in Lausanne, Switzerland, in June last year.



This year the two-day meeting started off on November 11 with a special focus on 'Water Sustainability for Future Generations’, in the presence of H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan who represented H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President and Co-Honorary Chairman of the Forum; Pascal Couchepin, the former Swiss president and Co-Honorary Chairman of the Forum; Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi, the UAE Minister of Foreign Trade; Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, the UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva; Andrea Reichlin, Swiss Ambassador to the UAE; Dr Alain Berset , Swiss Minister of Education and Research; Dr.  Sulaiman Al Jassim, Vice-President of Zayed University; and a number of Zayed University students, faculty and staff.

The UAE-Swiss Research Day is being held under the co-patronage of Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and President of Zayed University, and Dr Alain Berset, Swiss Minister of Education and Research.

Source: WAM.

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