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WFES 2012 attracts over 60 ministers from 50 countries

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is set to bring more than 60 ministers from 50 countries to discuss key global issues relating to energy policies, development strategies, commercial incentives and industry-related challenges on 16-19 January in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

By Kari Williamson

Ministers represent regions including the Gulf Cooperation Council, the wider Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, Europe, North America and Africa.

Additionally, nearly 150 speakers representing an array of industries and specialisations are now confirmed to address key issues at WFES in renewable energy including solar and wind, energy efficiency, water and waste sectors.

Visitors to WFES also include ministers and delegates attending the second session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on 14-15 January.

The first WFES ministerial panel is based on the theme of Sustainable Energy for All and will be addressed by Secretary General of the United Nations, HE Ban Ki-moon; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; and Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, among others.

The second WFES ministerial panel is based on the theme of Action Towards Universal Energy Access, and will be addressed by Daniel Johansson, Vice-Minister of Energy, Sweden; and Timu Ivanov, Head of Russian Energy Agency.

The third WFES ministerial panel is based on the theme of The Role of Government Institutions In Accelerating Transition To A Global Clean Energy Economy, and will be addressed by Walter Steinmann, State Secretary for Energy, Switzerland; Lord Howell of Guildford, Minster of State, United Kingdom; S Iswaran, Minister for Home Affairs & Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore.

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