UNDP-MBRF Online Forum

COVID-19: Accelerating the Steps towards the Knowledge Society

 1-3 September 2020

Stemming from a common vision and continued effort to disseminate knowledge and develop the skills of youth of the Arab States region, the Knowledge Project which is a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, is organizing an online forum to be held from 1 till 3 September 2020. The aim of this forum is to create virtual dialogues to discuss various knowledge issues and opportunities to accelerate the steps toward knowledge societies. The COVID-19 pandemic has initiated a paradigm shift on the level of the society and its organizations. We are offered an opportunity to build back better based on the lessons learnt thanks to the virus outbreak.

Besides the informative and timely discussions that will be conducted during this forum, a new initiative will be launched by the Knowledge Project which will consist of a series of hands-on workshops and trainings aimed at equipping Arab youth with the skills required for the future. The event is intended for participants from the Arab States region who belong to one of the following categories:

  • Citizens of the region interested in the future of knowledge
  • University students or fresh grads looking to expand their knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Government entities

Check below the agenda and register in all/your preferred session(s).

Session 1: COVID-19: Digital transformation accelerator

 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • The digital landscape in the Arab region
  • How is the digital divide aggravating offline disparities?
  • Is enough being done? What actions should be taken to promote digital inclusion?
  • Role of politics and economy in accelerating digital transformation
  • A Digital New Deal: risk mitigation strategies for the next pandemic

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Moderator

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Talk with the expert: What is a knowledge year equivalent to?

 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Model on the knowledge society trajectory between past, present and future

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Opening Session: Introductory addresses and remarks

 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Knowledge Project address
  • MBRF address
  • UNDP address

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Workshop: From data to knowledge

 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Extracting and organizing data

Trainers

Knowledge Project Research and Data Team

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Session 2: Building an equitable and inclusive shared future

 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Comprehensive sustainable global strategy
  • Unlocking opportunities through financial inclusion
  • SDGs – lessons learnt for a decade of action

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Talk with the expert: In search for Knowledge Navigation

 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Wise Place, Phronesis, Gamification, Associative trails, intelligence augmentation, Futurizing of Intangibles, Beyond Accounting for Minds

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Workshop: From data to knowledge

 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Visualizing data

Trainers

Knowledge Project Research and Data Team

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Session 3: From workplace to workspace: How to leverage well-being?

 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Mental health as an important contributor to achieving human development in the Arab region
  • Linkages between education, knowledge creation, economic growth and the well-being of a society
  • How can leaders protect employee well-being during COVID-19?
  • The COVID-19 effect - how unclear lines between work and personal life can have a negative effect on our mental health and well-being?
  • Practical tips on how to thrive post COVID-19

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Moderator

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Talk with the expert: Crowdfunding your business

 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • What is the secret to crowdfunding?
  • How to make your project stand out?
  • How to kick off your crowdfunding campaign?
  • The do’s and do not’s of crowdfunding

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Workshop: From data to knowledge

 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Dubai local time)

  • Communicating data

Trainers

And the Knowledge Project Research and Data Team

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