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 Dubai WEF Summit - Full Text of Dubai Ruler's Speech

Here is the full text of speech by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, addressing participants at the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda.



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 Dubai Summit on the Global Agenda – Interesting Notes (3)

The activities of a Global Agenda Council are structured around 4 annual meetings: 3 of them carried out virtually, and the fourth a physical meeting during the Summit on the Global Agenda (i.e the upcoming Dubai summit).



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 Dubai Summit on the Global Agenda – Interesting Notes (2)

Each member of Global Agenda Councils should provide a written summary of his/her most compelling idea of the year in around 800 words.



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 Interview with Director of ITS, Dr. Daniel Sperling

Dr. Daniel Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, and energy and environmental aspects of transportation. He is the Director of Institute of Transportation Studies and Acting Director of Energy Efficiency Center. (He is a Professor of Transportation Engineering and Environmental Policy at University of California, Davis). He exclusively talks to DubaiBeat.com before attending the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda here in Dubai.


Would you please tell us a bit about the background of your relationship with the World Economic Forum and your participation in the upcoming Summit on the Global Agenda?

I was honored to be chosen by the WEF to chair the “Future of Mobility” Council. Some key issues my Council will address include:

· Rapid motorization and its impact on cities:
· Oil dependency
· Impact of mobility on global climate change:
· Role of innovation and emerging technologies, especially the use of “intelligent transportation systems”
· Safety, security and equity.
· Restructuring the mobility industries (responding to financial duress in the automotive and airline industries)
· Innovative and effective policies to improve mobility while protecting the environment
· Transport infrastructure challenges (including under-investment in transport infrastructure)
· Freight transport issues within cities and between cities and countries

What specific area is your focus and how do you say it can help improve state of the world?

I am a professor of transportation engineering and environmental policy at University of California, Davis and a board member of the California Air Resources Board. My research and policy responsibilities are devoted to improving environmental quality while also improving mobility. My new book, Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability (Oxford University Press) addresses these issues.

What do you think about the city of Dubai, the host for this summit?

I’ve never been there, but have heard many amazing things about the city, and thus look forward to the adventure with great enthusiasm.


Related:
- Interview with Journalism Professor and Blogger, Jeff Jarvis
- Interview with Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Jim Fruchterman
- Davos in Dubai – this weekend



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 Dubai Summit on the Global Agenda – Interesting Notes (1)

Membership in each Global Agenda Council (GAC) is on an annual basis and by invitation-only. Membership can be renewed year after year depending on engagement and relevance of the member.



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More from davosdubai08 ...


  Interview with Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Jim Fruchterman (November 2008)

  Interview with Journalism Professor and Blogger, Jeff Jarvis (November 2008)

  Davos in Dubai – this weekend (November 2008)

  World Economic Forum - Middle East Summit (May 2008)

  World Economic Forum Coming to Dubai (May 2008)

  Davos – The Middle East Version (May 2007)





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