UAE Minister of Economy Sultan al-Mansouri
The World Economic Forum's 6th Summit on the Global Agenda successfully concluded in the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi, earlier today after three days of brainstorming and dialogue. More than 900 participants from 80 countries discussed
some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda, including hyperconnectivity, population demographics, the development agenda and the rise of megacities.
Summit Co-Chair Sultan al-Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy, delivered remarks at the Closing Plenary, providing his insights on the Summit's outcomes and opportunities.
Al Mansouri stated: "It has been a demanding, exciting and productive three days and we thank all the participants of the Summit on the Global Agenda 2013 for their effort and engagement. It has been a successful gathering that raised many important issues followed by key recommendations for many challenges." He added: "This is a global agenda, and we all need to work together to ensure the items discussed are implemented internationally. The UAE is committed to forming global partnerships, through the Summit and other global events, in order to collaboratively make a positive difference in the world." Commenting on the conclusion of the Summit, Nasser Alsowaidi, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Department and Co-chair of the Summit said: "Today, we conclude our sessions for the Summit on the Global Agenda 2013. Abu Dhabi is proud to have contributed to this significant event that brought together some of the world's greatest minds. We have discussed globally pressing issues, and we have brainstormed ideas and solutions that the participants will continue to carry forward." The Closing Plenary featured a panel discussion that focused on six main topics: Trust and Leadership; Societies in Transformation; Driving Inclusive Growth; A Hyperconnected World; Towards a Global Climate Agreement, and; Creating Tomorrow's Jobs.
Panel participants included prominent global thought leaders, such as Rod A. Beckstorm, Chief Security Advisor of Samsung Electronics; Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB); Joseph S. Nye Jr, University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard Kennedy School; and Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA) for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
With a theme of Driving Change through Collaboration speakers and thought leaders from around the world spent three days working together in Abu Dhabi to explore sustainable solutions for some of the world's most pressing problems and concerns.
The Summit, which was held for the sixth time in the UAE and the second time in Abu Dhabi, was jointly hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, together with the World Economic Forum.