WEF’s Global Agenda summit closes with calls for improving state of world

UAE leaders call for using technology to developments and understanding in the world

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The World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda 2014, wrapped up its final day meeting in Dubai on Tuesday with calls for making use of technology to improve the state of the world.

“We are in a new phase of human development,” said Mohammed Abdullah Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, in the closing plenary. “Through robots and artificial intelligence, we are approaching a new era in human progress.”

More than 1,000 business, government and civil society leaders participated in the Summit on the Global Agenda 2014, which had as its theme, Shaping the Transformations of the World.

Al Gore, Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001) and Chairman and Co-Founder of Generation Investment Management, called on participants to focus on global warming. “The climate crisis, if not successfully addressed, will not make it possible to achieve any of what we are discussing here. We have to address it as an urgent crisis threatening civilization as we know it,” he said.

“The Summit has once again made us realize that we are citizens in an interconnected world,” said Summit Co-Chair Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates. “There are no quick fixes but we have to listen to each other.”

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