Director-General addresses 6th World Government Summit in Dubai

14 February 2018

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UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, underscored the need for dialogue and collective problem solving as she addressed an international audience of leaders at the 6th World Government Summit in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

It is time to reflect on action we wish to take to shape our future governments, how we can renew and reinforce universal principles of human dignity and humanist values, how we can work in greater harmony with our planet”, said Ms Azoulay.

In her address, the Director-General highlighted challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, including climate change and the advent of revolutionary technological developments such as artificial intelligence. She insisted on the need to pool our collective intelligence and work together to find sustainable solutions.

Education, science, culture and communication are the threads that bind us together,” concluded the Director-General. “Only through our collective intelligence can we hope to solve the unprecedented challenges we face. But collective intelligence is not enough, we must put it into action, together.” 

In this context, she commended the political commitment of the United Arab Emirates as global leaders in prioritizing the development of knowledge, innovation and science.

During her visit, the Director-General met Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence and Noora Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge development.

Ms Azoulay also visited Abu Dhabi where she had a bilateral meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.