The World Government Summit continues to maintain its strength, momentum and its ability to provide surprising information and insights.
Every February, thousands of ministers, high ranking government officials, as well as private sector leaders from around the world participate at this global event held in Dubai.
This year the summit drew the participation of 158 countries, featuring 28 heads of state, which clearly illustrates the success and prestige the summit has attained internationally.
The scale and sophistication for organizing the event, the profundity and significance of the subjects it deliberates upon, as well as the eminence of the experts and distinguished participants in these sessions underlines the cause for the event’s rising international repute and acclaim.
About 850 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition, and at least one child dies of hunger every five seconds in the worldMohammed al-Hammadi
One of the highlights of this year’s summit was the talk delivered by internationally renowned theoretical physicist and futurist Professor Michio Kaku.
He brilliantly presented the future of technology and its impact on our lives, particularly in the fields of artificial intelligence, digital computing and robotics. He gave a wonderful peep into the future and predicted that flights from New York to Dubai may take only two hours in coming decades.
After this inspiring vision of the future, came a more sobering realism in the next session when The Secretary General of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria brought to light the difficult economic challenges facing the world.
He drew the attention of the participants to the fact that only a small proportion of the global population is benefiting from economic development, while the rest remains afflicted with poverty and struggles under severe economic conditions around the world.
Loss of confidence
Gurria said that the grim economic situation is leading to a rising loss of confidence among people in their governments, and there is growing apathy towards elections and political participation even in democratic countries.
According to reports released by various international humanitarian organizations, about 850 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition, and at least one child dies of hunger every five seconds in the world.
In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a ‘Goodwill Letter’ was signed at the summit which vowed to make a serious attempts toward minimizing the gap between developed and developing countries, to provide food to the world, as well as to bring countries of the world closer to each other.
The letter states that the world must progress and develop. At the same time, it is unacceptable that any person should die of hunger. Therefore, there is need for creating a balance so that a better way of living is ensured on this beautiful planet.
“Let us direct our love for the earth and to the universe.” With this love, humanity can achieve good for all, Lt-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior said in his speech.
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Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. Twitter: @MEalhammadi.