Under the patronage and in the presence of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the 12th UAE Ambassadors and Mission Heads Forum kicked off today in Abu Dhabi and will run from February 18 to 22.
The event was attended by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HE Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, HE Reem Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, HE Zaki Nusseiba, Minister of State and HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State.
Several ministers and leaders from federal and local government entities took part in the forum. Speakers, experts and guests of honor from outside the country also participate in its sessions.
The forum will focus on politics, economy, food security, diplomacy, culture and information. It will also tackle the latest regional and international developments and look into their various consequences and repercussions.
The current edition of the forum comes to complement the dialogue initiated in previous editions. It is an ideal platform for UAE ambassadors to communicate and to exchange views, expertise and experiences, in a bid to contribute to supporting diplomatic and consular work, improve services provided to UAE nationals abroad and enhance the UAE's stature regionally and internationally.
The Forum's agenda features a series of issues, challenges and current developments in the region. The first day included a keynote address by HE Zaki Nusseiba about "The progressive vision of the late founder of the nation Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan" - may God grant him peace. Which focused on the six main axes of the vision of the founding father for development: huge ambitions, ambitious development plans, and transformational development that brought radical changes to the UAE society while preserving its social characteristics.
He stressed that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, was an exceptional leader, who focused on leadership styles, from traditional and charismatic to institutional leadership.
HE Mariam Al Mehairi, Minister of State, addressed the UAE's diplomats during a session on "The Future of Food Security", in which she focused on the UAE government's vision for food security in terms of enabling all Emirati nationals and residents to obtain safe and healthy food at acceptable prices in all conditions, including times of emergency and crisis.
Al Mehairi referred to a number of international reports, such as the FAO report and the Economist Intelligence Unit, which indicate that the UAE is on the top of the list of food-safe countries. She highlighted the key role of Emirati diplomacy in promoting future food security by establishing partnerships with different countries to attract foreign investment in the country's agricultural sector or to facilitate state investments abroad.
She also stressed the importance of aquaculture as a means of producing and diversifying sources of food security, and the role of this vital sector in promoting trade and economic growth and creating various job opportunities in the country.
HE Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, addressed the attendees in a panel on "Food Diversity in the UAE" moderated by Dr. Nawal Al Hosani, Deputy Director General of the UAE Diplomatic Academy.
Al Zeyoudi focused on the country's strategy for food diversity and explained that government figures and data related to the UAE's approach and achievements in food diversity, sustainability and reduction of carbon emissions are very reassuring.
He also stressed the importance of developing partnerships with the private sector and non-profit associations in the country in achieving the government's strategy for food diversity, particularly when it comes to promoting foreign investments and reducing food waste. Al Zeyoudi added that the Ministry of Climate Change applies strict measures and requirements on food imports to maintain food security and safety, and deals with any complaints in this regard very seriously.
The forum also featured a session by the international expert Tom Fletcher, who spoke about new changes in the world of diplomacy. His keynote address, "The Next Wave of Virtual Diplomacy", was followed by a session on "Leadership in a Changing World" by the researcher Dr. Tommy Weir.
Over the next five days, the forum will address current affairs and developments in several countries, which may affect the UAE's foreign policy in one way or another. Matters related to the consular sector and services provided by the ministry will also be tackled.
On the sidelines of the forum, UAE ambassadors and mission heads took part in an eight-kilometre walkathon organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and held at the Yas Marina Circuit. The event is part of Ministry's Healthcare Program and saw the participation of a number of ministry officials and their families.
The UAE Ambassadors and Mission Heads Forum is an annual event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It is an auspicious opportunity for interaction, dialogue and exchanging ideas among UAE ambassadors and diplomats.
Source: UAE MINISTRY OF FOREGIN AFFAIRS