United Arab Emirates

Overall Objective

GGGI’s objective in UAE is to support the government to implement its green growth and climate change policies through a combination of support mechanisms, training, knowledge platforms and knowledge sharing events.

Strategic Outcome Targets

GHG Reductions Target Setting in Progress
Green Jobs Target Setting in Progress
Sustainable Services Target Setting in Progress
Air Quality Target Setting in Progress
Ecosystem Services Target Setting in Progress
Enhanced Adaptation to Climate Change Target Setting in Progress
Mohammed Angawi

Sr Officer -UAE program

Resource Partner

Earmarked (UAE)

Government Counterpart

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs


The UAE’s environment is characterized by an extreme climate and severe water scarcity. This contributes to high energy demand both for cooling and for desalinated water production to meet industrial and residential water use, on top of normal baseload demand and a growing industrial sector. The UAE faces challenges creating work for its youth population to address an increasingly younger demographic in the nation and a steadily rising youth unemployment rate. The country has a highly decentralized federal system and there is an increasing gap in development between Abu Dhabi and Dubai and the other emirates.

The UAE sees green growth as an approach to address this complex set of challenges and is pursuing its Federal Vision 2021 and its Green Economy for Sustainable Development Vision as a framework for long-term sustainable development. The UAE, with the support of GGGI, has strived to close identified gaps in achieving these visions through systematically building a national framework where inter-emirates and cross-sector coordination and collaboration can effectively take place and progress can be monitored. These renewed policy frameworks now need to be implemented and made fully functional.

Building on the UAE’s success in developing and mainstreaming green growth and drawing on the understanding of the need for collective action to address common regional challenges, the UAE wishes to share its experience with other countries in the region as part of GGGI’s South-South Cooperation program.


News • October 16, 2018

GGGI organizes World Food Day workshop for Youth in UAE

On October 16, World Food Day, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), together with Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Embassy of Australia and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, co-organized a half-day Youth Workshop – “Our Food Our Future”. Dedicated to the young generation in the UAE, the workshop took […]

News • July 17, 2018

Adaptation to Climate Change in the UAE Environment Sector: Capacity Building and Stakeholder Consultation Workshop

On July 16-17, the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) held a two-day workshop on capacity building and stakeholder consultation on risk assessment and climate change adaptation focusing on the environment sector. The workshop aimed to share the preliminary risk assessment results with stakeholders and gain […]

News • July 29, 2017

UAE: Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Holds First Stakeholder Meeting on National Air Emissions Inventory

Saturday July 29, 2017 The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) kicked off the process of establishing a national air emissions inventory in Dubai, holding the first stakeholder consultation for participants from both federal and emirate-level entities. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Energy, the Federal Authority for Competitiveness and […]

News • August 3, 2016

Ministry of Climate Change and Environment holds workshop on climate change with private sector

DUBAI – August 03, 2016 – The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE), yesterday hosted a workshop with representatives from the private sector, to seek their input on the UAE National Climate Change Plan, which is aimed at furthering the country’s ambitious economic diversification agenda, and its transition into new, knowledge-based industries in line […]

News • January 15, 2016

Green growth in the UAE; a growing oasis of sustainable development

By Daniel Muñoz-Smith, GGGI Communications Specialist  A recent World Bank study has forecast that over 100 million of the world’s most vulnerable people could be pushed into poverty if adequate steps are not taken to address the impacts of climate change.   Rising temperatures could also make some parts of the world inhospitable by the end […]

News • November 20, 2014

UAE reaffirms commitment to a greener economy

SONGDO-KOREA, 19th November, 2014 (WAM) – A delegation from the United Arab Emirates represented by the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated today in the annual Global Green Growth Institute?s (GGGI) governance meetings ? the 3rd Assembly and the 6th Council ? in Songdo, Korea as a member […]


UAE Green Growth Initiative
Start Date Q1 2017
Funding Source Core
Approved Budget USD 3 490 000
Status Active
Thematic Area
  • Cross Cutting


National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017-2050 United Arab Emirates  • Cross Cutting
National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017-2050

United Arab Emirates  • Cross Cutting

United Arab Emirates: Country Planning Framework 2018-2022 United Arab Emirates  • Cross Cutting
United Arab Emirates: Country Planning Framework 2018-2022

United Arab Emirates  • Cross Cutting

GGGI In-Country Staff

Chetan Shrestha

Officer - UAE Program

Rusyan Jill Mamiit

Analyst, Green Growth Data

Musaad Al Saleh

Sr Associate - Policy Solutions

Mohammed Angawi

Sr Officer -UAE program

Chiden Oseo Balmes

Officer - Green Growth (UAE)