Expo 2020 Dubai con­venes World Majlis in cap­i­tal

Meet­ing high­lights Sheikh Zayed’s vi­sion for sus­tain­able fu­ture; over 50 con­ver­sa­tions to dis­cuss in­no­va­tion

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DUBAI: Expo 2020 Dubai’s new World Majlis se­ries is bring­ing to­gether change-mak­ers and as­pir­ing lead­ers from around the globe to stim­u­late a pow­er­ful dia­logue on how we can cre­ate a legacy of mean­ing­ful im­pact that re­flects the World Expo’s theme of ‘Con­nect­ing minds, Cre­at­ing the Fu­ture’.

The World Majlis ses­sion, held at Ma­narat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, gath­ered thought lead­ers from var­i­ous government, pro­fes­sional, aca­demic and cul­tural back­grounds for an in-depth dis­cus­sion about the lessons and val­ues of the UAE’S Found­ing Fa­ther, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan, and his vi­sion for a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

In line with Expo 2020’s theme, and un­der­pinned by its key sub­themes of Op­por­tu­nity, Mo­bil­ity and Sus­tain­abil­ity, the World Majlis has been launched as a the­matic dia­logue pro­gramme to fa­cil­i­tate mean­ing­ful global con­ver­sa­tions and forge con­nec­tions be­tween peo­ple and new ideas, which may not have oth­er­wise oc­curred.

The ini­tia­tive is deeply rooted in the Emi­rati and Arab tra­di­tion of the majlis – a highly val­ued meet­ing space where peo­ple gather to gain dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and share in­formed opin­ions to help shape de­ci­sions on sub­jects that mat­ter to their communities.

Mon­day’s World Majlis, ti­tled ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity Through New Eyes’, was chaired by Reem Al Hashimi, Min­is­ter of State for In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and Direc­tor Gen­eral of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau. The ses­sion com­prised 17 thought lead­ers, as well as 14 stu­dents and two pro­fes­sors from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional univer­si­ties.

Reem Al Hashimi said: “Through the World Majlis, Expo 2020 Dubai wants to cre­ate a global dia­logue by gath­er­ing peo­ple with di­verse per­spec­tives to en­gage in mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions that en­cour­age them to look dif­fer­ently at chal­lenges and cre­ate a real im­pact. To­day, more than ever, `we need to place hu­man­ity at the heart of our fu­ture. In do­ing so, we bring to life im­por­tant sub­jects of global rel­e­vance.

“From the out­set, Expo 2020 has been about so much more than the six months of the Expo; our aim is to support the UAE’S long-term strate­gic vi­sion and the UAE Cen­ten­nial 2071 plan. The World Majlis is aligned with this ob­jec­tive to in­form a strong legacy by in­spir­ing pos­i­tive im­pact, through­out our jour­ney to 2020 and beyond.”

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