DM to highlight achievements at Ankara meet

DUBAI — Dubai Municipality is showcasing its achievements in the field of e-governance as a pioneering experience at the Fifth Annual Globalisation Conference currently being held in Ankara, Turkey.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 2 Jul 2006, 10:21 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:05 PM

Dubai Municipality was invited for this prestigious conference after it won the 2006 UN Award for Public Services in the area of application of Information and Communications Technology in the e-government sector.

The main theme of the conference, sponsored by the Ankara Municipality, is ‘Meeting of Civilisations’ in order to establish bridges between different civilisations and cultures.

Building on the success of the four previous annual conferences, the Fifth Annual Globalisation Conference, which will conclude tomorrow, has brought together a prestigious group of representatives from 60 world cities, 40 representatives from international organisations, including the World Bank and the United Nations, around 100 singers, businessmen, talented youth leaders and representatives from non-governmental organisations.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director-General of Dubai Municipality, who is heading the Dubai delegation said the conference would shed light on the basic principle of global and local partnership besides focusing on the role of the mayors of cities in establishing bridges between them for a more harmonious, balanced and safe world.

Different sessions of the conference will discuss and analyse many vital issues of the world today and there will also be presentations on projects and issues.

The conference will be discussing intra-city diversity and how cities can embrace cultural, religious and ethnic diversities, and ensure security, social inclusion and economic growth.

Lootah said the conference would also discuss city diplomacy and how it could contribute to peace processes and conflict resolution.

In this context the conference would specially look into the role of technology and Internet in strengthening interaction between cities and promoting cooperation and understanding between societies and civilisations.

He said the conference would also deliberate on youth empowerment and how local governments and communities could activate worldwide social reforms in order to take advantage of the opportunities presented by increased urbanisation and the current window of growth in the youth population.

These issues will be addressed in a variety of sessions and special events in which leading players will together construct global bridges between societies and civilisations.

Additionally, in-depth sessions will be held on children under the title, “We Are the Future”.

Experts will share their knowledge on how cities from different civilisations are working together to help vulnerable children and youth in conflict and post-conflict cities while also fostering understanding between their populations.

The Dubai Municipality delegation will also hold discussions with the municipal chairman of Ankara, Malih Ghoksik on the ways to enhance cooperation between the two cities.

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