UAE gears up to host next World Government Summit

High international representation expected as 4,000 participants set to attend summit
UAE gears up to host next World Government Summit
Part of WGS 2023 (Photo Credit: The official website of WGS)

The upcoming World Government Summit (WGS 2024), set to be hosted in Dubai under the patronage of UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is expected to attract more than 4,000 participants next month.

As the largest annual global government gathering, the WGS serves as an international platform to enhance the future of governments and promote excellence and leadership.

Taking place from February 12 to 14, this year’s summit, themed ‘Shaping Future Governments,’ brings together thought leaders, experts, and decision-makers from around the world.

The UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of the WGS Foundation Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, announced during a press conference that the summit aims to develop tools, policies, and models necessary for shaping future governments.

Over the past decade, the Summit has brought together representatives from more than 50 governments, heads of state, 2,500 ministers, and facilitated over 1,600 programs and dialogues.

This year’s edition of the summit features over 110 interactive dialogues, 15 forums, and enjoys significant international representation with the participation of over 80 international organizations.

Al Gergawi highlighted that this year’s World Government Summit will have the highest participation of international organizations since its inception.

The summit will focus on various topics, including economic growth, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), the future of healthcare services, and food security.

Distinguished figures such as world leaders, Nobel laureates, and representatives from international organizations including the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will attend the event.

Additionally, leaders from the private sector, including Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI; Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus; Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA; Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures and former CEO of Google; Dario Gill, senior vice president and director of Research, IBM; and Yann LeCun, vice president and chief AI scientist at Meta; will be present.

Read more: WGS concludes with the signing of 80 agreements

Difference between WGS and Davos

Al Gergawi highlighted that around 140 government representatives are expected to attend the summit. When asked about the difference between Davos and the World Government Summit, he stated that while Davos focuses on crises, the World Government Summit looks into the future.

World Government Summit
Part of WGS 2023 (Photo Credit: The official website of WGS)

WGS partners

The partners of the 2024 World Government Summit emphasized that this global event is an inclusive platform for envisioning and shaping the future. It aims to explore the best ways to develop governments and strengthen international partnerships, ultimately building a better future for future generations. The partners for WGS 2024 include the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority as the lead partner; the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA); the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as the sustainable energy partner; the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) as the strategic partner; the Dubai Municipality as the smart city partner; Etisalat by e& as the technology partner, and the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) as the research and innovation partner.

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