Majra – National CSR Fund organized a workshop, during COP28, to raise awareness about the importance of green skills for a sustainable future.
The workshop titled “Sustainable Futures: Navigating Green ESG Skills for Young Professionals” convened a diverse international panel of experts and young minds from different universities in the UAE on the critical role of green skills in today’s job market and its importance. in promoting a sustainable world. .
The round table, moderated by Dana Kamali, commercial director of Majra – National CSR Fund, It featured the participation of esteemed experts, including Safa El Tayeb El Kogali, Country Director for the GCC at the World Bank; Jörg Eigendorf, Chief Sustainability Officer at Deutsche Bank and Ejaj Ahmad, Founding CEO of the Global Youth Leadership Center.
The diverse panel contributed multifaceted ideas, addressing challenges in climate mitigation, advocating for inclusive approaches to green skills development, and proposing viable solutions.
The workshop aimed to shed light on the critical need for green skills, emphasizing their impact on labor market resilience and career prospects. The event addressed the rapid evolution of sustainability and green technologies, identifying the pressing gap between the demand for qualified professionals and awareness of the importance of these skills among individuals, organizations and educational institutions.
Recognizing the critical role of the younger generation as stewards of our future, the workshop aimed to equip attendees with a comprehensive understanding of green skills. Through engaging discussions and insights shared by industry leaders, participants gained a global perspective on the relevance of green skills and a wide spectrum of career opportunities available in this field.
Key discussions revolved around anticipating and adapting to industry evolution, emphasizing the importance of both technical expertise and soft skills such as leadership in the green economy.
The panelists also shared real-life experiences and initiatives driving the green transition, highlighting practical aspects that are crucial for each individual to consider to achieve effective change. The workshop not only underlined the urgency of adopting green skills but also emphasized the responsibility of future generations in shaping a sustainable world.
Attendees left the event inspired, equipped with ideas and ready to contribute to the global shift towards sustainability.
Dana Kamali saying,
“Adopting ESG is not just a choice; It is an imperative for our collective future. In guiding this transformative journey, the UAE government, through Majra, is taking a leading role: launching manuals and training to ensure people are better equipped to thrive in the labor market of the future while championing sustainability . Hosting a distinguished panel of international speakers at COP 28 to highlight the importance of Green Skills underlines the universality of this essential journey towards a sustainable future.”
The Kogali saying,
“You don’t have to be an engineer or scientist to do something for the planet, you can be anyone, even an artist can help with the planet. You need to know what impact you are making and how to make sure you do it sustainably.”
Jörg Eigendorf saying,
“You may think you need engineering, accounting or risk skills to become a Chief Sustainability Officer. And yes, it is very useful if you know how to run a business and have good technical or communication skills. But I truly believe that one of the most important skills to have to be successful as a CSO is the ability to bring people together and maintain curiosity and passion for the topic, as well as discipline. “You won’t have all the answers, but you should be able to rally the experts behind the bigger picture.”
Ejaj Ahmad saying,
“To address the climate crisis it is imperative that we equip young people with green leadership and skills and engage them in climate action. “Investing in youth leadership today is critical to ensuring that the next generation tomorrow makes the right, climate-friendly decisions across government, business and civil sectors.”
News source: Emirates News Agency