BANGKOK, 11th October, 2016 (WAM) — The UAE has emphasised the importance of enhancing joint co-operation between nations to address the increasing challenges facing the world today.

These challenges include instability, financial crises, immigration, terrorism and sustainable development issues, such as the environment and climate change.

These points were raised in a speech by Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), who headed the UAE delegation to the 2nd Summit of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) held in the Thai capital of Bangkok from 8th to 10th October.

UAE also stressed on the principle of sovereignty of states, as clearly prescribed in international law and that enforcing any laws to violate this sovereignty sets a serious legal precedent in international relations and is a clear violation of criminal laws.

The adoption of any unilateral legislation acting against the national sovereignty of states represents a clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, which affirm the equality and respect for the national sovereignty of states, the UAE warned.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi indicated that this could lead to adverse reactions, and have a disastrous effect, resulting in chaos and lack of confidence in a world where one strives to apply confidence-building and co-operation measures to maintain international peace and security.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi conveyed the greetings and best wishes of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the summit, underlining the important role of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue in addressing the challenges, promoting comprehensive dialogue among member countries and establishing partnerships with other international groups and forums to further build the foundation for the prosperity of Asia.

The UAE is looking forward to a greater role of the forum in the coming period, especially with regards to the six priorities adopted by ACD’s last meeting, stressing on the importance of strengthening mutual trade, regional investment protection, facilitating joint economic activities, encouraging communication and exchanging information and experiences in various economical fields, he pointed out.

The minister reiterated the significance of encouraging initiatives to ensure communication among ACD countries and achieving prosperity and sustainable economic growth in the Asian continent. He asserted that development must be in agreement with environment protection, creating sources of renewable of energy, safeguarding food and water and securing human needs.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi highlighted that the 15th ministerial meeting planned for January 2017 under the theme of sustainable energy, will coincide with Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. He outlined the proposed plans of the ministerial meeting, which will capitalise on the annual event, focussing on energy, water and their closely linked sectors, including demonstration of cutting edge technologies.

The UAE also congratulated Kuwait on the successful bid to host the permanent headquarters of ACD Forum Secretariat, placing full confidence in the ability of Kuwait to strengthen the work of the forum and enable it to achieve its objectives.

The Asian Dialogue Forum is a regional organisation founded in 2002 with the membership of 34 countries. The organisation is aimed mainly at strengthening the role of the Asian continent at the global level and promoting Asian strengths by maximising its rich resources and its diversity.

On the sidelines of the summit, Dr. Zeyoudi held a number of bilateral meetings with the diplomats of other participating countries and discussed mutual co-operation in the field of combating climate change issues and achieving sustainable development.

The delegation included Saif Abdullah Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, Saeed Abdullah Al Qamzi, Acting Director of Visits Affairs, Fahd Obeid Altafaq, Director of the Department of Economic and Commercial Affairs, Ali Yousef Al Nuaimi, Deputy Director, Asia-Pacific Region and a number of senior officials.

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