Posted on October 17, 2019

Business leaders, practitioners, policy makers, researchers and scholars are gathering in Doha to attend Qatar Sustainability Summit (QSS). The agenda is simple – drive climate actions and find ways forward to a sustainable future. The mega event is being launched as the nation’s flagship sustainability initiative under the patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar.

As a co-organizer of the summit, the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) has convened experts from all over the world to share insights, best practices and knowledge on multiple facets of sustainability. Scheduled to take place on October 27 and 28 at the St. Regis Doha, Qatar, QSS will consolidate GORD’s annual Sustainability Summit with other green events for a joint opening ceremony in the presence of HE Eng. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Environment, Qatar.

In line with Qatar National Vision 2030, QSS is aimed to ramp up efforts towards climate change. With extreme weather events surfacing across the globe, climate change has come under global spotlight as a burning issue. The upcoming event will look at environmental challenges through a regional lens, while also sparking debates on ways forward to pursue sustainable development. This year, GORD has revealed “Destination Green” as the overarching theme of its sessions that will encompass five key areas, namely built environment, earthly resources, energy & industries, transportation and green businesses. These five areas have been carefully thought out to cover a wide spectrum including the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Highlighting the regional significance of Qatar Sustainability Summit, GORD’s Founding Chairman, Dr. Yousef Alhorr said, “We are honored to be part of Qatar Sustainability Summit, which is happening under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani – Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar. Sustainability is not just a matter of global concern, but also a pivotal pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030. GORD’s Sustainability Summit was introduced as a launchpad of knowledge dissemination and action to drive sustainable development in the region. Over the years, we have witnessed a paradigm shift in ways organizations approach sustainability. This transformation truly represents the fruits of our labor. Today, it is heartwarming to see leading organizations join hands in our efforts to promote sustainability. We sincerely thank all our partners for their collaboration in presenting Qatar Sustainability Summit.”

As the summit’s co-organizer, GORD will be joined by prominent organizations within public and private sectors. Qatari Diar Real Estate Company and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy have collaborated as Host Sponsors. Representing the energy sector, Shell is the Eco Champion Partner of the summit, while Qatar Foundation is the Green Transformation Partner. As Strategic Partners are the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, and Midea Global. Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) is on board as the Innovation Partner.

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) is the summit’s Knowledge Partner and Al-Taadhod Group is the Sustainability Partner. As Green Finance Partner of the summit is Doha Bank. Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) and Aspire Zone Foundation have joined as Platinum Sponsors. Among other sponsors of the event are Green Wall and GreyWolf joining as Silver Sponsors, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) as Technology Partner, and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) as the Carbon Market Partner. Joining as the International Partner is the Embassy of Canada to the State of Qatar. GORD’s Media Partner for the summit is Dar Al-Sharq, while the Online Media Partners include Marhaba and I Love Qatar (ILQ).

During the opening ceremony of the summit, a number of regional and international organizations will be signing cooperation agreements with GORD to embark joint ventures towards sustainable development. GORD will also present sustainability awards to projects and organizations that have demonstrated sustainability best practices over the years.