Government officials, dignitaries, scientists, and other representatives of 150 countries attended the summit, whose agenda included discussions of renewable energy and clean technology. The event featured exhibitions from both traditional and alternative energy companies and coincided with an international summit on water issues and a “green” job fair.
Event promoters noted that worldwide spending on renewable energy endeavors in 2011 totaled in excess of $250 billion, while estimating the need in 2013 at $300 billion. In his keynote address, President Francois Hollande of France called on his fellow world leaders to support continued development of alternative energy sources.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba represents a nation committed to developing innovative energy sources. In 2006, the UAE announced its launch of a major alternative energy investment program. At the 2013 summit, the International Renewable Energy Agency, based in Abu Dhabi, began an initiative aimed at consolidating the work necessary to double clean energy output measures by the year 2030.