World Government Summit

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World Government Summit
World Government Summit Logo.png
Formation 2013; 5 years ago (2013)
Type Non-Governmental Organization
Purpose Social and economic
Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Key people
  • Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi (Chairman)
  • Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi (vice chairman)
  • Omar Sultan Al-Ulama (managing director)
Website worldgovernmentsummit.org
Formerly called
Government Summit

The World Government Summit is an annual event held in Dubai,UAE.[1] It brings together leaders in government for a global dialogue about governmental process and policies with a focus on the issues of futurism, technology and innovation, as well as other topics. The summit acts as a knowledge exchange hub between government officials, thought leaders, policy makers and private sector leaders, and as an analysis platform for the future trends, issues and opportunities facing humanity.[2] The summit hosts over 90 speakers from 150 participating countries[3] along with over 4000 attendees.

History and Organizational Structure[edit]

The World Government Summit was formed by a team of experts from different disciplines in an effort to bring government, business and civil society together at an international level[4] with the goal of improving the lives of the seven billion people on the planet.[5] Omar Sultan Al-Ulama is the managing director of the World Government Summit. Mohamed Al Gergawi is the chairman of the Organizing Committee. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi is the vice chairman of the Organizing Committee.

In 2015, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohammad Al Gergawi, chairman of the summit's organizing committee and minister of the UAE Cabinet Affairs & The Future announced ten key changes to take the summit to a new global level. The changes included changing the summit's name from Government Summit to World Government Summit, changing the entity structure and adopting the goal of providing integrated knowledge services for over 150 governments and global organizations.

In 2016, the World Government Summit Organization adopted a new year-round membership system.[6] Members have exclusive invitations to attend the summit, communicate directly with its top speakers and attendees, receive reports issued by the summit ahead of general public, gain exclusive access to private functions held on the sidelines of events, and have access to training workshops and executive education programs hosted by the summit in collaboration with global experts.

Reports for the public about issues explored at the summits are issued by Oxford Analytica, Mackenzie and Harvard Business Review,[7] and on the World Government Summit website.[8]

Themes and Speakers[edit]

The first World Government Summit was held in Dubai in 2013, and has been held annually since then. In 2013, themes included building citizen trust in governmental entities, social media as a tool for civic engagement, private-public sector partnerships, and measuring development.[9]

In 2014, themes included partnerships and innovation in government service delivery,[10] government smart toolboxes (using information technology for citizen engagement, anti-corruption efforts and helping citizens affected by conflict)[11] and digital government.[12]

In 2015, themes included smart cities,[13] innovation,[14] and better jobs.[15]

In 2016, themes included the Sustainable Development Goals,[16] the state of sustainability,[17] and advanced science and the future of government (robotics and artificial intelligence, genomic medicine and biometrics).[18] In 2016, the summit included an inaugural Best Minister in the World award [19] which was awarded to Greg Hunt, at that time Australian Minister of Federal Environment, later appointed as Australian Minister of Health.[20]

In 2017, the summit focused on four main themes: 1) climate change & food security, 2) citizen well-being & happiness, 3) government agility and geopolitics & humanitarian aid, with the goal of focusing on fundamental questions that aim to pave the way for that future across the globe. The summit was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and included participation of seven world and international organizations who are also strategic partners including the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, UNESCO, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World Economic Forum.[21]

In 2018, the themes included artificial intelligence and happiness.

World Government Summit speakers have included:[22][23]


Museum of the Future[edit]

The Museum of the Future,[41] is one of the exhibitions within the World Government Summit. The Museum of the Future features exhibitions exploring the future of science, technology and innovation. In 2016, the Museum of the Future's displays included an installment about a trip to the year 2035 where it showcased how technology could evolve and be used to manage complex social end economic systems.[42] In 2017, the museum included a display with an air taxi, 3-D printed seeds and food, and an announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to colonize Mars by 2117.[43] In 2018, Dubai 10x 2.0 was featured, with expositions about plans to integrate A.I. into many aspects of government and rapidly develop Dubai's governmental and private sector services.[44]

Global Dialogue for Happiness[edit]

In 2017, the World Government Summit held the first Global Dialogue for Happiness,[45] a one-day event prior to the summit.[46] It was convened by the UAE Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roomi.[47] Speakers at the first summit included editors of the World Happiness Report, Jeffrey Sachs, John F. Helliwell, and Richard Layard, positive psychologists Edward Diener, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Martin Seligman, and policy makers including the Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay, Head of the UN Development Programme Helen Clark, Bhutanese Gross National Happiness official Karma Ura.[48] It was an invitation-only event for approximately 200 people. The event was expanded to approximately 600 people in 2018. The first Global Happiness Policy Report[49] was issued by the World Happiness Council, a council conceived of by the Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing under the umbrella of the Global Dialogue for Happiness. In 2018, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum convened six nations, the United Arab Emirates, Costa Rica, Portugal, Slovenia, Mexico, and Kazakhstan to establish the Global Happiness Coalition, an agreement to cooperate on an international level to bring happiness to the forefront for government.[50][51]

Global Artificial Intelligence Forum[edit]

In 2018, the first Global Artificial Intelligence Forum was convened. [52] The forum brought together approximately 100 people, including representatives of Kennedy School of Government's The Future Society,[53] the OECD, IEEE,[54] U.N., and the private sector.[55] Discussion topics included a Global Strategy for the Governance for A.I., which will include policy recommendations.[56] The Future Society is the container of The AI Initiative,[57] which is stewarding the forum. The goal of the first forum was to identify guidelines for the global governance of Artificial Intelligence.

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