While effective global governance in peace and security is struggling, member states shouldn't stop their trials in developing progressive agendas that address root causes of conflicts, said Helen Clark, Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

In her opening remarks of the second day at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Clark further added that the UN has come a long way since its foundation in 1945, its membership expanded from 51 founders to 193 member states today, but the current system needs to have renewed focus: “From my own judgement, it isn't broken, but it must be continually refreshed (…) it is important to find ways to respond to what is driving the current spike in the numbers of conflict. (…) The magnitude of shared problems we have does require us to continually reinvigorate multilateral institutions."

Clark spoke about the hope brought forward by rising initiatives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing the delegates at the fifth edition of the summit.

The World Government Summit convenes in Dubai on 12-14 February, with the participation of 4,000 delegates ad 150 speakers from 139 countries, led by an impressive array of some of the world's top political, business, and scientific minds and delegates from official statesmen and key international institutions (United Nations, Gulf Cooperation Council, League of Arab States, World Bank, OECD, World Economic Forum, among others) and key official state figures from around the world. It features 114 sessions that focus mainly on knowledge, innovation, good governance, global challenges, transparency, cooperation and intercultural communication.

The Summit also showcases innovation and success stories, especially in harnessing technology in the face of challenges and for social good. The Summit is considered the largest global platform dedicated to shaping the future of government worldwide.

“This initiative is excellent and highly needed in facing the global challenges of today. We need platforms for showcasing innovations and best practices, and for exchanging knowledge and analysis towards shaping a better future for humanity,” said Mr. Khaled Abdul Shafi, Director of UNDP Regional Centre in Amman. Abdul Shafi also commended the UAE for pioneering in this field and for its continuous support to the efforts of human development in the Arab region.

Dr. Hany Torky, Chief Technical Adviser at the Arab Knowledge Project, a joint initiative between UNDP and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, also noted the importance of such initiatives, “especially as they highlight the role of knowledge, innovation and human capital in making a better future”. Torky added “Knowledge has always been at the center of human development, and we need platforms like this to foster international cooperation and support the fruitful exchange of knowledge at all levels and across the different sectors”.