Amplifies the impact of its Governance pillar with the promise of new horizons for the future of global citizenship.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Through powerful conversations on climate change, the migration and refugee crisis, and becoming more responsive to building a sustainable future with concise and action-based solutions — the Global Citizen Forum ignited its mission through its inaugural partnership with the World Government Summit 2022.
The eighth edition of the World Government Summit, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was also held in tandem with the closing of Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest event of its kind that has brought the world together at a critical time in history.
“We were incredibly proud to partner with the World Government Summit which provided a truly unique platform for leaders in the public and private sectors to think collectively and creatively about disruptive intersections between government and innovation,” shares Talimka Yordanova, CEO of the Global Citizen Forum.
As an important part of the Global Citizen Forum’s key pillars, empowering global governance is critical to build stronger institutions for more effective and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, and uncover ways in which governance and policymaking is evolving in order to keep up with rapid development and innovation.
“Global citizenship is at the forefront of building a strong global community and setting a collaborative tone that is building trust between government leaders, international institutions, and ambitious visionaries who are actively looking to create traceable, transparent and measurable impact,” shares Yordanova.
Joining the Summit as the Global Citizen Forum’s honoured guest, distinguished visionary and a beacon of change, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne, held discussions on climate change and rising sea levels along with the President of Seychelles, Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan and His Excellency Faisal Naseem, Vice President of Maldives.
“Island states are on the frontlines of climate change, where the effects of rising temperatures and sea levels demand innovative climate action,” Browne remarked. He noted that, globally, land masses are projected to sink in a matter of decades, thereby posing an existential threat to the world’s lowest-lying countries today, including island states like Antigua and Barbuda.
“The time is now for world leaders to construct and implement appropriate strategies,” he added.
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres also called on the world to support and help each other, in a passionate appeal to delegates, sharing; “Today, it is more important than ever before for governments to meet and discuss how we respond to the challenges we face today – from conflict to poverty and climate change.”
Guterres added that, “the World Government Summit has drawn innovative thinkers and decision makers to Dubai to explore pathways to a better future for all humanity and provides an important opportunity to discuss how governments can better respond to the needs of their people, and the planet we all share, at this challenging moment in history.”
Sharing the same sentiment, UAE’s Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mohammad Abdulla Al Gergawi, called upon all governments to strengthen their partnerships with the private sector to ensure security of world communities and provide a better quality of life, sharing; “today, major developments in health, space and science are led by the private sector. Governments shouldn’t take anything for granted when it comes to dealing with the future.”
The next edition of the World Government Summit, which is set to take place on February 13 – 15, 2023, will raise the bar once more — becoming a platform that shapes the future of governments to advance the pursuit of a new era of agile and collaborative governance to improve the lives of all global citizens.