One of the most anticipated annual energy gatherings will bring together global leaders in Abu Dhabi with a focus on pathways to net-zero emissions.

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry to attend.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 3, 2023 – The seventh annual Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will convene January 14-15, 2023, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to set the global energy agenda for the year ahead and examine the longer-term implications of the changing energy system. This year’s forum will take on particular importance as critical climate and energy strategy issues take center stage in the lead-up to the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28), which the United Arab Emirates will also host at the end of the year. Among the forum headliners will be John Kerry, US special presidential envoy for climate and former US secretary of state.

The 2023 forum will have a special focus on the challenge of managing energy security priorities and decarbonization efforts in tandem, amid the continuing impact of the crisis in Ukraine on the energy transition. The forum will once again be part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, a global event supporting collaboration on climate action and net-zero pledges.

From the continuing impact of the conflict in Ukraine to efforts to avert a global financial crisis, there has never been a more important moment for open and frank dialogue to define the best paths to a net-zero future.

Building on the momentum of the 2022 forum, the 2023 forum will return to a hybrid format. It will feature the benefits of in-person networking, panels, workshops, and receptions in Abu Dhabi, as well as the global reach of virtual programming.

“The dual challenges of energy security and climate change have elevated the energy transition to the top of global leaders’ list of urgent priorities,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO. “The 2023 Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum once again will provide a critically important platform for policymakers to meet those challenges. This is an opportunity to bring together leaders from around the world to set the 2023 energy agenda and build upon the past meetings’ success.”

The seventh edition of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will once again be held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The forum is convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Mubadala Investment Company, and Emirates Nuclear Energy Company (ENEC), with CNBC as international media partner.

His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, minister of energy and infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, said:

“As host of COP28, we are honored to welcome attendees of the Global Energy Forum to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the ongoing energy transition. The UAE has adopted a wide range of energy initiatives to achieve global sustainable development goals and combat the devastating effects of climate change. This year’s forum provides a unique opportunity to not only talk about the energy agenda of the year ahead, but also begin the conversation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference now. We look forward to your attendance at the 2023 Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi.”

To register as a participant at the 2023 Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum and to view the agenda, please visit here.

The 2023 Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will be on the record and open to media. Media wishing to attend in person should register here (using code MEDIA2023GEF) to request accreditation. Media wishing to participate virtually through the event livestream should register here. No code is needed for virtual registration.

For questions, please contact Miriam Smallman, Atlantic Council associate director of media relations, at [email protected].

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