World Government Summit, Dubai: Building More Resilient Societies through Embracing Innovation

World Government Summit, Dubai: Building More Resilient Societies through Embracing Innovation

In recent years, the world has witnessed a number of critical developments, particularly in the field of technology, the consequences of which are felt in the areas of work, health, education, the economy and politics. The COVID-19 pandemic and its many consequences have further intensified disruptive phenomena worldwide and experts agree that we will need to continue to adapt to these changes for the foreseeable future.

An era of disruption requires innovative approaches to governance as the responsibilities of governments grow ever more complex. The World Government Summit was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on 29 and 30 March with the prospect of guiding governments, leaders and experts worldwide, and equipping them with the appropriate tools to carry out their mission in the post-pandemic world. The World Government Summit is regarded as a prominent international platform for global leaders and experts to discuss emerging global issues. It is commonly accepted that, as the world embarks on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, innovation must play a key role in governance-related areas and that the governments of tomorrow must be ready to use technological advances to find common solutions to global challenges.

Experts and senior officials at the Summit agreed that the post-pandemic economic recovery, the climate crisis and technological innovation as a governance tool will be at the heart of the global agenda in the coming years. In the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the renegotiation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran Nuclear Deal), it is also expected that geopolitical issues and the stability of the Middle East and North Africa region will also be high on the global agenda.

Adaptation to Change and Resilient Societies 

There is also a view that not all governments show the same ability to adapt to innovation. While some parts of the world struggle to embrace digital tools in governance, other countries have demonstrated their readiness to navigate change through innovation. 

However, despite its many benefits, innovation can also cause social unrest and instability. Consequently, there exists a consensus that governments must also be equipped with the adequate tools to build more resilient societies. In the pursuit of this objective, Europe has launched the “European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan”, an initiative aimed at mitigating the impact of the pandemic and preparing labor markets and social protection systems to adapt to disruption. This initiative, which brings together high-level experts, is working on the future of social protection and the welfare state while considering the role of innovation and disruptive megatrends. 

The Bussola Institute is also exploring the impact of technology in its work: 

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