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    UAE Gender Balance Council hosts three-day workshop at 2017 World Government Summit, to accelerate the implementation of SDG 5

    As part of ‘SDGs in Action @ WGS’  SDG 5 team wins third place during closing ceremony, for innovative ‘GAME–IN’ solution  Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2017:  HE Mona Al Marri: “Innovation is at the heart of the UAE’s development strategy, and we’re confident that the SDG 5 working group’s ‘GAME-IN’ campaign has the potential to make a tangible difference and act as a catalyst for change in the years to come.” Dubai, 21 February 2017: In line with the UAE’s commitment to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, the UAE Gender Balance Council recently hosted a successful three-day workshop to accelerate the implementation of SDG 5 – ‘achieve gender equality more

    Dubai Customs hosts unified IPR workforce

    Dubai, UAE, 19th February 2017:  Dubai Customs’ Intellectual Property Rights Department (IPR Department) hosted a meeting for the Unified IPR Workforce which coordinates IPR activities among ministries and relevant authorities in the UAE.   Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of IPR Department at Dubai Customs headed the meeting in Dubai Customs main building in the presence of Abdullah Al Tillai of the Ministry of Economy, Mohammed Al Daleel from the Federal Customs Authority, Ahmed Mohammed Sarhan from the National Media Council, Ibrahim Bahzad from the Department of Economic Development, Mohammed Samih Ali from Dubai Health Authority, Omar bin Hindi from JAFZA, and Mahbouba Baqir, Manager of Awareness and Education Section at IPR Department. Ozair welcomed the guests and highlighted the important role the Unified IPR more

    International ATIBT Forum to highlight the importance of improved international cooperation to combat illegal timber logging

    A report titled Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade – Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses stated that forestry crime including corporate crimes and illegal logging accounted for up to $152 billion every year The Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade indicates that around 30 per cent of the world’s timber is coming from illegal forest conversion  Dubai, UAE, 19 February 2017:  A steady stream of 180 industry professionals and consumers will walk the halls of Dubai WoodShow 2017 to attend the international ATIBT Forum that will run in Dubai from March 4th-6th at the Conrad Hotel. Held under the Patronage of UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Dubai’s largest trade show – Dubai WoodShow is for the first time hosting the ATIBT Forum that will shed light on Timber more

    Two innovations from Dubai Customs accredited by GII

    Dubai, UAE, February 18, 2017:  Dubai Customs received accreditation from Global Innovation Institute (GII) on its innovations: the (Enterprise Connected View) and the (Enterprise Capability Management). This is indicative of Dubai Customs’ persistence to revolutionize the way customs work is done.  The Global Innovation Institute is an international organization providing professional membership associations and certifications in the field of Innovation. The Institute aims to advance individual careers and transform organizational achievements by advancing the profession of innovation leadership. It does this through its globally recognized standards, tools, publications, resources, professional development courses, certifications, applied research, and networking opportunities. Dubai Customs spares no effort to more

    Give Back with Virgin Megastore and Emirates Red Crescent

    The Buy One, Give One Initiative   Dubai, UAE, February 18, 2017:  In partnership with Emirates Red Crescent, Virgin Megastore is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of the Buy One, Give One initiative, a socially responsible project that seeks to raise awareness for the global refugee crisis. For every item purchased within the campaign, Virgin Megastore will donate a similar one to Emirates Red Crescent for distribution across their vast network of refugees to ensure the items reach those who need them most. The collaborative project has been developed to support the growing needs of refugees around the world. A wide array clothing, shoes, children’s books and backpacks will seek to offer refugee families a little bit of relief in the toughest of times through the provision of some of life’s basic more

    Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre in Al Ain Receives Delegation from Sharjah Call Centre

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 February 2017:  A delegation from the Sharjah Call Centre, part of Sharjah Media, recently visited the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre in Al Ain (800555), to exchange knowledge and expertise and gain key insights into the various planning and operational aspects of the Centre. The visit also aimed at highlighting the Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre’s best practices in the areas of customer service within the framework of local and international standards. The Sharjah delegation was welcomed by Mrs. Khawla Al Fahim, Executive Manager of the Spatial Data Centre and Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre at ADSIC, and a number of in-house staff, who greeted the guests and delivered a detailed presentation and overview on a range of affairs related to the Contact Centre, including its management, more

    Tawazun Economic Council's ADIOC Concludes to Resounding Success

    Abu Dhabi, UAE. 16 February 2017:  The Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (ADIOC) concluded today after successful meetings, presentations and discussions with a participation from government official, the local and international defense sectors in addition to delegations from 25 different countries. The event, organized by Tawazun Economic Council, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is in its 6th chapter and has grown from strength to strength. This year’s theme was held under the banner of “Enticing opportunities: The Role of Industrial Partnerships in a shifting economic landscape”. The conference, which kicked off on the 14th February, started with a reception on the green lawn at the more

    Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Donates Over AED2.5 Million to UAE Charity Organizations

    Contribution is in Line with Year of Giving Initiative Dubai-UAE: 16 February, 2017:  Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has donated more than AED2.5 million from the endowment of the late Emirati philanthropist Ahmed Baghlaf to several charity organizations that take care of the underprivileged segments of society, including widows, orphans, and the elderly. The donations are in line with the UAE Year of Giving and the Foundation’s objectives to enhance the spirit of social solidarity. AMAF presented separate cheques of AED350,000 each to Dar Al Ber Society in Dubai, Beit Al Khair Society in Dubai, Sharjah Charity International, Sharjah Charity House, Human Appeal International in Ajman, Al Rahmah for Charity in Ras Al-Khaimah, and Al Ihsan Charity Association in Ajman. Furthermore, the Foundation donated AED more

    The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Company Give Back $106 Million to More Than 230 Organizations Globally

    Community contributions equal 1.2 percent of company’s 2016 operating income Dubai, UAE, February 15, 2017:  The Coca-Cola Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company together donated more than US $106 million to more than 230 organizations in 2016. These contributions will directly benefit communities across more than 200 countries and territories, with approximately 97 percent of the grants focused on The Coca-Cola Company’s core sustainability priorities of women, water and community well-being. The amount donated in 2016 equates to 1.2 percent of the company’s 2016 operating income, surpassing its public commitment to donate at least 1 percent of operating income annually. Since 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back approximately $909 million to organizations and communities across the more

    Mohammed bin Rashid directs government departments to place Dubai 10 years ahead of all other cities

    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid launched ‘Dubai 10X’ – a radical program to establish ‘X Units”  First government in the world to establish X-Units across all entities and first to embrace disruptive innovation in government enterprise Next move towards the future of government – disruptive, agile, iterative and design centered government Requires all government entities to develop structured plans to deliver breakthrough and radical moonshots within 3 months Dubai “10X” will be led by Hamdan and Maktoum   H.H. Sheikh Mohammed: The future belongs to those who affect radical changes, not those who make minor, gradual improvements Next move towards the future of government – disruptive, agile, iterative and design centered government Dubai more

    WGS 2017: SDG Closing Ceremony Announces Three Innovative Solutions to Support Implementation of UN SDGs

    Three of the best ideas were selected from an intensive two-day period of workshops, addressing the UN’s 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Ideas pitched for SDG 3, SDG 10 and SDG 5 will be showcased in New York in May 2017  Dubai to support the implementation of new ideas Dubai-UAE: 15 February, 2017:   At the SDG closing ceremony on the last day of the World Government Summit (WGS 2017), the winners of a two-day series of SDG workshops were announced. Ideas produced by SDG 3, SDG 10 and SDG 5 will harness the latest solutions using science, innovation and technology (STIs) to accelerate the implementation of some of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshops under the title, ‘SDGs in Action in Collaboration with the United Nations’, saw world experts, more

    WGS 2017: Living by True Values is Key to Sustainable Future

    Prime Minister of Slovenia highlights the necessity to integrate sustainability in our way of life Dubai-UAE: 15 February, 2017:  On the final day of the fifth World Government Summit (WGS 2017), His Excellency, Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia, spoke about the global challenges facing mankind and the rapid social progress we have witnessed.  In a session entitled ‘Smart and Sustainable Slovenia’, Cera discussed shaping the future of governments worldwide and highlighted the need for a coordinated response in the public and private sector and the necessity to integrate sustainability into people’s way of life, policies and business models. He said: “The accumulation of advanced scientific knowledge has been the driver of progress in society, it has changed human life. It has also more

    WGS 2017: Governments Must Prepare Citizens for Advent of Artificial Intelligence

    Experts discuss universal basic income as compensation for job loss due to automation Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  Waves of new technology that disrupt every aspect of our lives will continue to be the norm throughout the 21st century, and governments and policy makers need to refine their strategies to harness this trend to maximum advantage, participants of the World Government Summit 2017 learnt on the final day of the event. Experts added that disruptive technology – automation and artificial intelligence (AI) – will significantly affect the workforce in the coming years, and governments should prepare their citizens for this change. The comments were the essence of a panel discussion entitled ‘Legacy of the 21stCentury’, moderated by Joe Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science magazine. more

    WGS 2017: As More Nations Pursue Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security Remain Top Concerns

    Nuclear energy can help offset reliance on fossil fuels as global demand for power projected to hit record levels Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  Nuclear power can make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy security, while delivering energy in the large and growing quantities needed to sustain an expanding world population and foster development.  The comments came on the concluding day of the World Government Summit 2017 during a panel discussion entitled 'The Future of Nuclear Energy'. The panel included Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Philippe Jamet, Former Commissioner to the French Nuclear Safety Authority, and Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent  Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the IAEA. The panelists noted that more

    Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water of Resources of Singapore, visits The Sustainable City

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 14 2017:  His Excellency Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water of Resources of Singapore, visited The Sustainable City – the first Net Zero Energy city in Dubai and the Middle East’s first operational sustainable community.  The Ministry party was led by His Excellency Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, who was joined by HE Samuel Tan, Ambassador of Singapore to the UAE and other delegations from the ministry and representatives from the National Environment Agency in Singapore. The group’s visit included a tour around the residential clusters, the green spine, and the sustainable plaza.  Faris Saeed, Engineer and CEO at Diamond Developers – the real-estate company behind the Sustainable City – said: “We are honoured to welcome His more

    WGS 2017: 21st Century Could See Political Borders Fade as New World Order Emerges

    Only borders based on connectivity will actually matter, argues leading global strategist Parag Khanna Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  The 21st century could witness a defining chapter in world history when the world acts to phase out political borders in favor of economic integration even as connectivity replaces sovereignty as the organizing principle of a new world order, said Parag Khanna, Managing Partner, Hybrid Reality Senior Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School. Khanna’s comments came on the second day of the fifth World Government Summit during his talk on what it means to live in a world with ‘Liquid Borders’, what are the key trends shifting current physical borders and how a world of liquid borders will shape the future of citizenship.  Khanna stressed the importance of governments in developing more

    WGS 2017: UAE Approach to Tolerance is Key for Brighter Future, Says Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna

    Institutionalized approach to tolerance and happiness are better than leaving such important issues ‘to fate’   Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  The UAE’s policy of tolerance was highlighted as key to a brighter and safer future for the country’s youth, by Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance. In a fascinating track talk titled ‘Co-Existing: Transcending Borders of Culture, Race & Religion’, Her Highness Sheikha Lubna spoke alongside UAE ambassador to Russia and author Omar Ghobash, and talked to a rapt World Government Summit audience about religion, as well as regional and global issues including the populism and extremism that is sweeping parts of the globe. Responding to the question of why the UAE should have a Ministry more

    WGS 2017: Fall of Multi-lateral Organizations and Rise of Nationalism to Define Fabric of World on Brink of New Era

    Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  Offering a glimpse into humanity's next 100 years, Dr George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a geopolitical forecasting service, said that the 21st century will be humanity's most dramatic, and one that will bring unprecedented levels of opportunities and risks. He recounted instances from world history over the past 70 years, since the end of World War II to offer perspective on significant changes one can expect in the decades to come. Nationalism was one of the main contributors to the devastation caused during the period from 1914 till 1945, and the world resolved to put measures in place to prevent being driven by this sentiment. Delivering his address themed 'The Next 100 Years: Exploring Scenarios for Government' on Day 2 of the World Government more

    WGS 2017: Future Computers to Grow Food

    Digital revolution in farming industry will fundamentally change global economy Dubai-UAE: 14 February, 2017:  The UAE imports 85 percent of its food at the cost of 15 percent of its GDP. Though this might be a scary thought, it is also an opportunity for this generation to make a real impact, said Caleb Harper on the second day of the World Government Summit 2017 in Dubai. Harper is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the MIT Media Lab that works with engineers, architects and scientists on research and development of future food systems. Explaining the purpose of his work, he said: “At our lab we use a personal food computer which you can imagine as a kind of primitive 3D printer for food. Allowing scientists and researchers to test the effects that different more

    Emirates Post launches Dubai Police traffic fines payment service at post offices

    Dubai, UAE, February 13, 2017:  Emirates Post today announced that all post offices are accepting payment for traffic fines issued by Dubai Police, following the signing of an agreement between Dubai Police and Wall Street Exchange, a subsidiary of EPG.  “The launch of this service is in line with the Group’s strategy of delivering multiple services under one roof through the postal network, thus saving the time and effort of individuals as well as business customers,” said Acting CEO of Emirates Post Group, Mr. Abdulla Mohammed Alashram.  Acting Managing Director of Wall Street Exchange, Mr. Sultan Al Mahmoud, expressed his pleasure over the introduction of the traffic fines payment service through Emirates Post Offices, thus offering an additional channel of payment for more

    WGS 2017: Young Innovators Share Inspiring Perspective on Government's Role in Aiding Innovation

    15-Year Old Emirati ‘Teen-ovator’ behind Solar Bag, Fatima Al Kaabi, Aspires to be UAE Youth Minister Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Find a bigger cause to innovate, don’t innovate just for yourself. Innovate for your country, innovate for a problem you face – Innovate for a bigger goal than just yourself,” said Fatima Al Kaabi, the 15-year old Emirati inventor, when asked about the fundamental factor that inspires her to innovate. Kaabi’s comments came at a panel discussion moderated by Emirati presenter Omar Butti titled ‘Innovation Belongs to Our Youth’, where she was joined by 17-year old Los Angeles-based software and app developer, Thomas Suarez. The discussion presented by Emirates Integrated Telecommunication Company (Du) began with an audio visual message by the more

    WGS 2017: There's a Universal Language that Connects Us All – ‘Face Reading'

    Face reading enables us to understand a person better, and can be used in our personal lives and work environment, says professional face reader Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Day 2 of the World Government Summit (WGS 2017) got off to an energizing start with a session on face reading titled ‘Wake-Up Call: The Universal Language We All Speak’, led by Eric Standop, a professional face reader. Standop offered interesting insight on how face reading not only helps us connect with one another beyond language and cultural barriers, but can also be used in the workplace to help understand someone better. There are six billion people on the planet, and yet every face is different. Eric Standop said: “Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you experience, whatever you go through – changes your more

    WGS 2017: Breathing Exercises Unlock Pathway to Happiness

    Controlled breathing patterns can reduce need for anxiety medications Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  “Happiness is what matters at the end of the day,” said Max Strom at a talk he held on the second day of the World Government Summit in Dubai. The author and teacher expressed concern for the fact that most people go through their whole lives without understanding what makes them happy at the deepest level. He added: “Ultimately, we have four main desires: live, be happy, have knowledge and love. However, unfortunately society focuses more on success and pleasure.” Speaking on what leads to a happy life, Strom said: “I think it’s a meaningful life. In fact people who have meaning in their lives will gladly give up pleasure. For example, often times people who work in charities are willing more

    WGS 2017: Happiness is True Measure of National Well-being

    Editors of 'The World Happiness Report' urge global policy makers to focus on the science of well-being to ensure informed governance Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  A panel of experts speaking on the opening day of the World Government Summit 2017 concurred that the success of a government must be defined by its ability to facilitate the happiness and well-being of its citizens, and should replace old paradigms that focus overwhelmingly on economic performance.  The three eminent panelists who participated in a session titled 'The Future of Happiness: A Mission for Government' were also editors of the World Happiness Report (a landmark survey of the state of global happiness). They included Professor Jeffrey Sachs, American economist and Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, more

    WGS 2017: Governments Must Lead by Example in Responsible Use of Cyber Data to Safeguard Personal Privacy, Social Prosperity

    Cyber Security Guru Bruce Schneier Calls Governments to Action, Advises Safe and Secure Data Collection for the Benefit of Society Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Governments must lead by example when it comes to striking the ethical balance in the use of personal data collected online, and also ensure that an individual's privacy and social prosperity are not compromised, according to internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier. In a session entitled 'Between Privacy and Prosperity: A Fine Balance', on the first day of the World Government Summit 2017, Schneier noted that governments have tremendous data-harvesting abilities, through which every business transaction, every digital process or social media conversation that takes place online can be tracked and converted into big data. He more

    Other Top Stories from Government, Legal and Humanity
    6,000 tons of waste collected during ‘Clean Up UAE' drive in Umm Al Quwain

    February 18, 2017 – The Emirates Environmental Group’s and the Department of Economic Development in Umm Al-Quwain organized a ‘Clean Up UAE’ Campaign in Umm Al-Quwain Fishing Village where 6,000 tons of waste were collected over a period of 5 days. This year’s drive was aligned according to the UAE Government’s move declaring 2017 as the ‘Year of Giving.’   In her opening speech, Habiba Al Marashi, EEG Chairperson, said: “Over the past 15 years, the campaign has achieved and surpassed its targets and objectives. We took the more

    Minister of Economy calls for stronger UAE-Kazakhstan ties in ICT, innovation & smart cities

    UAE, February 15, 2017 - H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, called for stronger cooperation between the UAE and Kazakhstan in the areas of information systems, innovation, and smart cities during his meeting with Kazakh Minister of Information and Communications. Dauren Abayev. Their discussions revolved around the creation of joint mechanisms for facilitating cooperation and exchange of expertise in these key segments.  Other high-profile government officials who took part in the meeting were Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Shehhi, Undersecretary for more

    Smart Dubai Happiness Meter initiative joined by 68 private entities

    UAE, February 13, 2017 - As many as 68 private entities have joined the ‘Happiness Meter’ initiative developed by the Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), which is a tool for measuring happiness in alignment with the Happiness Agenda. The agenda, which has been implemented under the supervision of the Smart Dubai Office (SDO), aims to explore and measure the sources of happiness in Dubai as part of the efforts to achieve the ambitious goal of raising happiness levels in Dubai to 95 per cent by 2021. Following the partnership agreement signed in September 2016 by SDO and more

    WGS 2017: Japanese Prime Minister Urges Governments to Harness Benefits of Diversity

    Main address at summit highlights benefits of investing in education, innovation Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe, complimented the United Arab Emirates for organizing the World Government Summit - a defining platform for prominent leaders from around the globe to shape a road map for its future. Speaking by video link on the first day of the fifth World Government Summit in Dubai, the Prime Minister explained that diversity is key to the creation of new ideas and to fostering innovation. His Excellency Shinzo Abe said: more

    WGS 2017: Humanization Another Path to Sustainability

    Morinosuke Kawaguchi: Cherish products as partners Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  In a breakout session on the opening day of the fifth World Government Summit (WGS 2017), Morinosuke Kawaguchi, Japanese futurist and innovation expert, addressed the notion of humanization – a widely accepted concept in Japanese culture.  In his talk entitled ‘Japanimation, Japanimism and Japanese society’, he also discussed the attitude to sports in Japan and how other cultures could benefit from it. He said: “Sumo wrestling in Japan has a unique feature – more

    WGS 2017: Governments advised about ‘antidotes to radicalization' at World Government Summit breakout session

    Anthropologist offers insight into the minds of radicals and extremists  Explains how revenge has been mapped in the human brain Advises that wars with religious context are rare but costly Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  Leading anthropologist Scott Atran attempted to explain the minds of radicals and offer suggestions on how to combat the situation at the World Government Summit Breakout Session today. Atran holds a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University, and is currently Research Director at ARTIS International, and Visiting Professor of Public Policy and more

    WGS 2017: UAE Leads in 21st Century Positive Education

    IPEN signs memorandum of friendship with KHDA Students, educators, should lead charge towards positive education Positive education experts Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Sir Anthony Sheldon, Héctor Escamilla, Charlie Scudamore lead workshop Schools need positive education framework Global call for collaborative education efforts  Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The first day of the fifth edition of the World Government Summit (WGS 2017) commenced with a workshop and panel drawing positive education visionaries moderated by the International Positive Education more

    WGS 2017: Experts Highlight How Innovation Will Positively Impact Governance Systems

    Experts: Technology can enable better policies, but not replace good policies Experts: Innovation enables governments to address citizens’ needs  500 out of 540 local governments in Indonesia implement e-governance solutions Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The future is often defined in terms of technology. However, while technology can enable better policies, it cannot replace good ones, according to panelists at a session themed ‘Global Platform: Innovation and the Future of Governance’, held in collaboration with the Organization for Economic more

    WGS 2017: “Listen to what we have to say,” urge youth to their governments

    Establishing a trusting, open dialogue is key to youth engagement: UNDP, The World Bank and OECD reports  Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  There is no talking about the future without talking about the youth. And in the Arab world, comprising 22 countries, the youth demographic aged 15-29 years, constitute one-third of the population, pointed out Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the fifth World Government Summit (WGS 2017) that opened in Dubai today. “It is only with the constructive engagement of this segment that this more

    WGS 2017: Panel Discussion to Launch 2017 World Development Report Mulls Relationship between Development Economics and Politics

    Former Spanish Prime Minister Attributes Policy Success to Education, while Former Bolivian President offers Perspective that Policy is Largely Influenced by Society  Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2017:  The World Bank launched the 2017 World Development Report at the World Government Summit on the inaugural day of the annual event being held in Dubai.  Speaking as part of a panel discussion hosted at the launch of the report, Former Prime Minister of Spain, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said: “Public policy requires three key elements to succeed - it needs to have more

    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development a Strategic Partner at the World Government Summit 2017

    ADFD participates in WGS 2017 activities  His Excellency Al Suwaidi: Summit will build solid partnerships and align goals towards enhancing tomorrow’s world Abu Dhabi-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  In the role of strategic partner, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) attended and participated at the fifth edition of the World Government Summit (WGS) 2017, running under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Themed ‘Shaping Future Governments’, WGS 2017,  has more

    WGS 2017: Governments Advised to Invest in Science for the Sake of Intrinsic Interest

    Leading particle physicist Dr Brian Greene highlights huge scientific discoveries that have helped drive mankind’s progress, explaining how these were not carried out for financial gain but rather in a spirit of discovery Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  An investment in science for the sake of intrinsic interest - rather than actual investment - is key for any real human development, said world renowned scientist Dr Brian Greene on the opening day of the World Government Summit (WGS 2017) in Dubai today. Dr Greene, an acclaimed particle physicist, cosmologist, professor of more

    WGS 2017: Human Mind Needs Positive Ideas Inculcated through Concentrated Effort

    Ibrahim Al-Buleihi: Benchmark of Civilization is its Ability to Evolve  Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  “The human mind begins as an empty space, and the information that first reaches it has the power to control it,” said Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, writer and thinker and former member of the Saudi Shura Council. His remarks came during his presentation titled ‘The Ideology of Ignorance’ on Day One of the World Government Summit (WGS) 2017. Speaking on the need to consciously embrace changes and move forward, Al-Buleihi said: “The mind is not more

    WGS 2017: Long-running Study of Individuals, Adult Life Shows that Money, Fame are Not Answers to Human Happiness

    Harvard Professor of Psychiatry Robert Waldinger explains findings of ongoing 78-year study on adult life Enormous disconnect between what young people say they want, and what we know makes individuals happy Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2017:  The Global Dialogue for Happiness learned today how the results of an ongoing 78-year-study by Harvard Medical School are providing real insight and understanding on what makes human beings happy.  Professor Robert Waldinger, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and Zen priest, more

    WGS 2017: Global Policy-makers, Happiness Advocates and Experts Converge to Form Communities for Happiness

    Groups across 10 sectors including Public Policy, Governmental Happiness and Happiness Measurement discuss impact of their disciplines on happiness Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2017:  The role of governments is to create an enabling environment where people can flourish and achieve their dreams, stated Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister of State for Happiness.  Laying the groundwork for a free exchange of ideas among experts from around the world, the Minister invited delegates to assemble at different tables to discuss the theme of their choice and its more

    WGS 2017: Governments Should Recognise Power of Individual When Applying Happiness Policies to Nations

    Professor Meike Bartels: One size does not necessarily fit all when creating happiness programs; Dr Roderick Hanson enlightens participants on governments hardwiring the idea of happiness  Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2017:  Professor Meike Bartels and Dr Roderick Hanson today provided insights into how governments should not apply a ‘one size fits all’ approach when creating national happiness programs. In addition, say the experts, government should implement positive experiences that have a lasting effect so that people understand their benefits and contribution more

    WGS 2017: International Survey Highlights Impact of Job Satisfaction, Education on Happiness

    Dr Mattia Romani discusses key factors that have led to increased life satisfaction in European ‘transition countries’ Dubai, UAE, February 12, 2017:  “Money may not make you happy but it sure helps,” quipped Dr Mattia Romani, Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), highlighting the impact of per capita GDP on life satisfaction in central and eastern Europe.  Dr Romani addressed happiness experts, government officials, and representatives of international organisations at a more

    Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Launched the ‘Private Sector Platform' of World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO)

    In Presence of Officials, Media and Private Sector Representatives:  Platform aims to establish partnerships, enable dialogue and knowledge exchange among countries, public and private sectors, UN Agencies, financial institutions and civil organisations, to accelerate transition to green economy says Chairman of WGEO Dubai, UAE, 11 February 2017:  HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, launched today (Saturday, 11 February 2017) the Private Sector Platform of the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO). The newly launched more

    Sheikh Mohammed launches “Climate Change Reimagined”: An exhibition by Museum of the Future

    “Reimagining Climate Change” explores challenges in three key areas: food, water, and shelter The Museum of the Future presents three never-before seen visions for climate adaptation that flip climate crisis into positive opportunities Dubai, February 11, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated today the Museum of the Future installation at the 5th annual World Government Summit, taking place in Dubai on February 12-14, 2017. The latest edition of the Museum of the more

    Emirates Airline Appointed Official Carrier of World Government Summit 2017

    Dubai-UAE: 11 February, 2017:  The World Government Summit (WGS) 2017 has announced the appointment of Emirates Airline as its strategic partner for the fifth year in a row. Emirates will be the official carrier for the delegations of the summit that convenes under the theme ‘Shaping Future Governments’ from February 12 to 14, 2017 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations Centre at Emirates Airline, said: "Emirates' partnership with the World Government Summit is a prime example of more

    Dubai Media City Takes Part in Reducing Carbon Emissions By 10% on Car Free Day

    Dubai, UAE, February 9, 2017:  Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Knowledge Park took part in the Dubai Municipality’s eighth annual initiative the “Car-Free Day” on Sunday the 5th of February, which aims to have more residents utilize eco-friendly transportation means to reduce carbon emissions. Participants from Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Knowledge Park led by example by using the Emirate’s best in class public transportation system to get to work. Staff were encouraged to be more physically active so that they can see more

    Empowering People to Help One Another Within Safety Check

    by Naomi Gleit, VP Social Good Dubai, UAE, February 9, 2017:  In times of crisis, connecting is more important than ever. Today we're announcing an update to Safety Check, called Community Help, that lets people ask for and offer help such as food, shelter and transportation after a crisis.  Our belief is that the community can teach us new ways to use the platform. We saw people using Facebook to tell friends and family they were okay after crises, so in 2014 we launched Safety Check to make that behavior even easier. Since then, Safety Check has been activated hundreds more

    WGS 2017 Convenes Global Leaders, Futurists, and Experts to discuss the changing role and expectations of Governments, and shape a better future for the world

    World leaders and experts gather in Dubai to tackle big issues at this year’s World Government Summit The End of Globalisation; How Technology is Breaking Borders; Treating Extremism and Source of Nuclear Energy to be Among Key Summit Topics Al Gergawi: We aim to extract a global scenario to deal with the challenges of the future Dubai-UAE: 9 February, 2017:  Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the fifth World Government Summit (WGS) 2017 will take place from February more

    World Government Summit 2017 to Livestream Three Days of Events

    Dubai-UAE: 9 February, 2017:  The World Government Summit (WGS) 2017 today announced that it will livestream all events via social media throughout its three-day duration. Running from February 12 to February 14, WGS 2017 will attract more than 4,000 personalities from 139 countries and feature 150 speakers across 114 sessions, which makes it the largest edition to date. This is the first time an event of this scale and magnitude is being livestreamed in the UAE. The Summit has appointed an expert team that will use state-of-the-art digital technology to ensure the more

    Smart Dubai and ENOC Sign MOU to Promote the Smart Dubai Initiative

    UAE, February 8, 2017 - The Smart Dubai Office and ENOC signed an MOU to increase coordination between ENOC and Smart Dubai on the city’s smart transformation objectives. The MOU will promote cooperation, effective communication and reciprocal facilitation between the parties in alignment with the goal of the Smart Dubai initiative, to promote seamless and efficient city experiences in all aspects of city life, powered by smart technology. Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, said: “Smart Dubai envisions a city where all daily life more

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