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Global Future Councils Host 1000 Experts to Discuss Post-COVID-19 Challenges

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  • 15 October 2020

The Global Future Councils’ extraordinary session was inaugurated in partnership between the UAE and the World Economic Forum (Davos). 40 Global Future Councils participated in this year’s session, with more than 1000 experts and specialists in 31 sectors from more than 80 countries. This group of distinguished participants aim to contribute to the joint global efforts to overcome the challenges of this critical stage.

The meetings aim to delve deep into analyzing the current situation and provide solutions to support the global efforts facing the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting changes that have deeply impacted the social and economic systems worldwide.

Held virtually on 12-30 November 2020, this session aims to design visions and ideas that would help develop effective frameworks for the post-COVID-19 era. 20 to 30 experts from different disciplines participate in each council to present ideas and solutions that would be later presented during the following World Economic Forum.

In his opening speech, His Excellency Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Co-Chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Future Councils, stated that convening this session comes under exceptional circumstances that require global collaboration and continuous focus on the future, in order to address the repercussions of COVID-19 pandemic. These necessitate developing a global system capable of responding to the growing needs of the current era swiftly and flexibly.

Al Gergawi added that the global economic cost of this crisis exceeded 17 trillion USD, in addition to its devastating implications on various sectors. “Global cooperation is the key to overcome the challenges facing the world. It is vital to track all challenges and changes, study their dimensions, get ready to face any possible scenarios, and draw the landscape of the most important sectors in the post-COVID-19 era,” HE concluded.