World leaders and Nobel laureates gather in Dubai for the 7th World Government Summit

World leaders, Nobel laureates, representatives of international organizations, thinkers, and experts from over 150 countries gather between February 10-12 in Dubai for the 7th World Government Summit, an event dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide.

The Summit features 200 sessions with 600 speakers from 140 governments, 30 representatives from international organisations, 120 heads of leading international companies.

According to the organizers, the annual gathering with more than 4,000 participants sets the agenda for the next generation of governments, focusing on how they can harness innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity.

Speakers include the Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde, Lebeanese Prime minister Saad Hariri and his Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and actor Harrison Ford.

Four Nobel Prize winners will speak about conflict resolution, free trade, decision making and the role of women in rebuilding nations. These are former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, Nobel Prize for Economics laureates Paul Krugman and Daniel Kahneman, as well as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee.

The meeting will also feature the former Prime ?inisters of Greece George Papandreou and France Laurent Fabius, and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria. Media personalities, such as Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, CNN journalists Richard Quest and John Defterios and President of NowThis Athan Stephanopoulos will also speak during the event.

Pope Francis, who visited the United Arab Emirates recently, will address participants through a video conference.

In parallel, several specialized international forums will explore various topics ranging from artificial intelligence, space, youth and happiness, climate change and the Global Policy Platform.

One of the initiatives, called Mars 2117 features UAE aspirations to establish the first inhabitable human settlement in Mars by 2117. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said that the project is a seed that the UAE plants today and expects future generations to reap the benefits, driven by its passion to learn new knowledge. The UAE is among the top nine countries in the world that invest in the space sciences.

The Best Minister Award and the GovTech Prize will be also awarded during the event.

The 1st World Government Summit was held in 2013 and since then, the event has been held annually in Dubai.

Source: Cyprus News Agency