DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Governor of Dubai, the 7th edition of the Knowledge Summit is due to begin tomorrow (Monday, March 14). 2022) at EXPO 2020 Dubai. The Summit was organized by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
The five-day summit, which will be held under the theme “Knowledge: Protecting Humanity and the Planet During the Pandemic,” will include live sessions on March 14-15 and virtual conferences on March 16-18.
The summit will focus on facilitating broad and detailed discussions on several issues of common global interest and impact. It will bring together speakers from an elite group of experts, academics and internationally renowned policy makers to examine the challenges of building a knowledge society and review the various opportunities and options offered by knowledge. . Another crucial objective is to formulate effective solutions and tools that would enable countries to achieve their development plans within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The launch of the Knowledge Summit is part of the UAE’s ambition to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge. It will also highlight the opportunities and challenges of building knowledge societies in light of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. EXPO 2020 was chosen because of its international audience and global reach that would allow for an intersectional perspective on various topics. It will serve as an ideal platform to engage in constructive debates and discussions about the knowledge industry and its role in solving current and future challenges, while exploring human intelligence and achievement.
The main sessions cover general themes, including “Knowledge is the engine of the future”, “Web 3.0 education – Metaversity”, “The role and impact of the media during the crisis: COVID-19 (by example)”, “Pandemics and their impact on the climate: a double-edged sword”, “Food security: between sustainable supply chains and self-sufficiency”, “Creative thinking: towards societies without poverty”, “Mental health and Pandemics”, “Young Entrepreneurship”, “Epidemiology and Public Health: A Profound Impact on How We Live Our Lives” and “How is COVID-19 Reshaping the Legal Landscape?”
Parallel sessions under the banner “Knowledge Space” will also address several topics such as “Improving Resilience in Times of Uncertainty”, “A New Model for Education”, “Disseminating Knowledge in Non-Traditional Ways: The researcher’s experience”, “Fostering mechanisms for collaboration and innovation to manage risks”, “Promoting scientific and political dialogues: science-policy interfaces”, “Developing the knowledge economy in the era of intangible assets” and “Availability and access to data: the key to resilience”.
The sessions will also present the results of the Arab States in the Global Knowledge Index 2021 and the results of the Social Progress Index, which measures the level of social progress in countries. The report is based on several criteria aimed at measuring well-being, opportunities and basic human needs. It is considered the most comprehensive measure of social and environmental performance.
In addition, the Summit will also see the launch of the third edition of the Foresight Report on the Future of Knowledge. This report will review the future knowledge landscape and analyze the differences in the transformative capacities of various countries in the face of major global risks. Created using big data over two years, this report will also provide new insights into how countries are prepared to face future risks.
For the first time, Knowledge Summit events will also continue virtually, through conferences on the website platform from March 16-18. These sessions will examine various topics such as “Effective leadership during the crisis: transforming cultures and stimulating innovation”, “Reinventing jobs and employment”, “Resilient infrastructure: a profitable long-term investment”, “Security of the water: a cornerstone for economic, social and environmental development”, “SDG-based learning: qualifying young agents of change”, “Knowledge management and big data in companies: an industry 4.0 perspective” and “Coexistence and synergies in the marine space”.
MBRF’s main priority is to promote knowledge among societies in the region and the world that will contribute to empowerment. The foundation strives to implement an action plan that will create faster and more accurate solutions to health, environmental, economic and social challenges, and aims to deliver a better future with a clear path to sustainable development.