By Andy Sambidge
Over 1,000 leaders from academia, government, business, civil society and media in emirate
More than 1,000 of the world’s foremost experts from academia, government, business, civil society and media are arriving in Dubai for the fifth Summit on the Global Agenda which opens on Monday.
Officials are set to discuss the world’s most serious and pressing issues at the summit which will be chaired by Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the UAE's Minister of Economy, and Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, director-general, Department of Economic Development.
“The importance we place on this meeting emphasises the trusting and collaborative relationship we have with the Government of the UAE. It is a reflection of our four years of successful cooperation,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman, World Economic Forum.
“The Summit on the Global Agenda will provide key input into the next annual meeting in Davos as well as to the international organisations that will be present there at the highest level, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the IMF and OECD.
"For the first time, the summit will bring together, in a special global meeting, leaders of major regional organisations worldwide,” he added.
At the three-day event, members from across the 88 Councils in the Network of the Global Agenda Councils will focus on identifying issues and solutions that address serious global challenges in areas such as finance and economics, geopolitics, the environment, society and technology.
In parallel to the summit, Dubai is also hosting the first Global Meeting of Regional Organisations.
The meeting seeks to provide a platform for leaders of the world’s regional organisations to meet as a global community, share best practices, discuss common challenges and risks.