February 25, 2024
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World Governments Summit 2024 to unite global leaders in Dubai

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, is in attendance

To foster international collaboration and address future challenges, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is gearing up to host the 11th edition of the World Governments Summit (WGS) from February 12 to 14, 2024.

The summit will unite over 4,000 worldwide delegates, thought leaders, and policymakers.

Under the theme of ‘Shaping Future Governments,’ the three-day event will feature more than 120 government delegations and 80 international organisations engaging in discussions on various topics, including sustainable economic growth, Artificial Intelligence (AI), future governance, education, healthcare, food security, and urban expansion.

6 themes

WGS 2024 will feature six main themes, 15 international forums, and over 110 panel discussions and interactive sessions.

The annual event is set to be the largest in terms of international organisations and NGOs’ participation since its inception in 2013.

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Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, is among key tech leaders attending WGS 2024. Image: James Tamim

Six main themes of WGS 2024: Government Acceleration and Transformation, Artificial Intelligence and The Next Frontiers, Reimagining Development and Future Economies, Future Societies and Education, Sustainability and The New Global Shifts, and Urbanisation and Global Health Priorities

Guests of honour

India, Qatar and Turkey are the guests of honour at WGS 2024. They will see high-level delegations of the three countries in attendance, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

WGS 2024, held at Madinat Jumeirah, will host over 200 speakers, including world leaders, ministers, thinkers, and policymakers.

Top-ranking attendees

Among the notable attendees are Ajay Banga, President of the World Bank; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund; Klaus Schwab, Chairperson of the World Economic Forum; and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

The summit will also feature prominent tech experts and private sector leaders, including Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI (developer of ChatGPT and GPT-4); Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir Technologies; and Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google.

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Artificial Intelligence and The Next Frontiers is a key theme at WGS 2024. Image: Steve Johnson

Additionally, WGS 2024 will host the annual gathering of Time100 AI, recognising the 100 most influential people in the AI sector. Eight Nobel Prize winners are expected to participate, making the gathering a prominent platform for global leaders and innovators.

Global awards

The event will introduce global awards recognising outstanding contributions in various sectors, including the Best Minister Award, Dubai International Best Practices Award for Sustainable Development, Edge of Government Award, Best Government Application Award, and Global Government Excellence Award.

Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Chairman of WGS, stressed the summit’s role as a platform to bridge gaps, promote dialogue, and encourage positive shifts for governments globally.

Al-Gergawi highlighted the importance of discussing proactive solutions amid escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East region, noting the summit’s focus on preparing governments for emerging challenges.

On AI, Al-Gergawi said: “AI won’t change the world in the coming five years, but it will do in the coming 1,000 years. It will be a significant change, and we can solve many problems with AI.

“We are still in the early stages of AI. AI will change the world economy, researchers and human knowledge.”

Non-profit entity

Operating out of Dubai, the World Governments Summit is a global, neutral, non-profit organisation dedicated to shaping the future of governments.

In its various activities, the summit explores the agenda of the next generation of governments, focusing on harnessing innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity.

Since its inception in 2013, the summit has championed shaping future governments and creating a better future for humanity. The past editions of the summit have established a new model to collaborate on an international playing field to inspire and enable the next generation of governments.

WGS 2023 was held under the theme of ‘Shaping Future Governments. The summit brought together 20 heads of state and government, 250 ministers, 10,000 private sector leaders, global experts, and thought leaders.

Featured image: Dubai is the World Governments Summit 2024 host city. Image: Mohammed Nasim

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