Knowledge Summit opens at Expo 2020 Dubai with focus on pandemic

Dubai: The Knowledge Summit organized by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) opened Monday at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The event is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, and Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), attended the inauguration of the event.

Organized under the theme “Knowledge: Protecting people and the planet during the pandemic”, the event kicked off at the Expo with the presence of experts, leaders and government officials from around the world. The in-person sessions of the seventh edition of the Knowledge Summit will be held on March 14-15, while the virtual sessions will be held on March 16-18.

Jamal Bin Huwaireb, CEO of MBRF, said, “The seventh edition of Knowledge Summit, first held in 2014, aims to revitalize the role of knowledge in the world by promoting new methodologies and mechanisms for generation and dissemination of knowledge. It also aims to create an avenue for constructive debate on the role of knowledge in protecting people against pandemics and other global challenges.

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He added: “This year’s summit highlights various global challenges such as climate change, food security and poverty. It also examines the general legal landscape to explore new legal practices in the post-pandemic world and innovative economic and environmental systems to shape a better future.

In her speech, Dr. Khalida Bouzar, Under-Secretary-General, Deputy Administrator and Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP, also praised the success of the Expo and the central role played by the MBRF at the regional and world in building knowledge. founded companies.

She said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major global disruptions that have directly affected countries’ progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, jeopardizing its gains.

She added: “At the United Nations Development Program and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, we are committed to continuing our knowledge initiatives, convinced that knowledge is the only way for humanity to deal with threats. We have published the results of the Global Knowledge Index for 2020 and 2021, and here we are today at this global knowledge event, the Knowledge Summit in its seventh edition, launching the Future of Knowledge Foresight Report in its third edition. The report focuses on the transformative capacities that enable countries to continue to grow in the face of shocks and sustain development gains.

The Summit will see the results of Arab countries in the Global Knowledge Index 2021, an important and major initiative under the Knowledge Project, a long-term strategic partnership between MBRF and UNDP.

In addition, the third edition of the Foresight Report on the Future of Knowledge will also be launched. The report presents the future knowledge landscape and examines the differences between countries’ transformative capacities in the face of major global risks, using voluminous two-year data, which offers new insights into countries’ preparedness to face major global risks. future risks.

Donald E. Patel