Second Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils Aims to Forge a Shared Vision for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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09 Nov 2017
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· Seven hundred leading experts will participate in the second Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 11-12 November

· Participants will focus on building a vision for a sustainable and human-centred world as it stands on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

· The Co-Chair of the meeting, Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future of the United Arab Emirates, will play a leading role in the discussions along with other leaders of the UAE as it advances its strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

· Find more information about the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils here: https://wef.ch/gfc17

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9 November 2017 – Seven hundred leading experts from around the world will participate in the second Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils on 11-12 November in Dubai.

The meeting, one of four annual meetings held by the World Economic Forum throughout the year, convenes experts and stakeholders from diverse disciplines to develop strategies to help the world prepare for a future defined by rapid technological change.

In addition to developing a vision for a sustainable and human-centred world, members of the 35 Global Future Councils will interact and collaborate with leaders from the United Arab Emirates. Building on an announcement at the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils 2016 that the United Arab Emirates aims to become a leading nation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the country launched a national strategy in September and will seek to build on this process during this year’s meeting.

Convening under the theme, The Globalization of Knowledge in a Fractured World, council members will seek solutions and develop ideas to foster international cooperation and shared responses to global challenges. To this end, the Forum will make available to the public for the first time its Transformation Maps, a proprietary digital knowledge tool that has been developed to further understanding of more than 100 global issues, countries and industries and their interconnections.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution will have a disruptive impact on business models, the economy, society and each individual. To shape a positive outcome of this revolution, the World Economic Forum has created the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils to convene the foremost global thinkers to accelerate the positive impact of this revolution” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already having a profound effect on societies and economies: as we look to build a future for our country and for the world, it is essential that we embrace these forces of transformation and use them in ways that help us emerge stronger and better adept at advancing the interests and well-being of our people. By harnessing relevant forces of change and focusing on the active roles of citizens and younger generation aspirations exciting outcomes of the 4th Industrial Revolution will be realized. The Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils is about drawing on world-class knowledge and applying it in ways that help us meet these goals,” said Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future of the United Arab Emirates.

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