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Tue 13-02-2018 17:50 PM

News agencies sign declaration on promoting WGS themes

DUBAI, 13th February, 2018 (WAM) -- Sixteen news agencies, including the Emirates News Agency, WAM, signed here today a declaration agreeing to work to raise awareness of the importance of the main themes of the World Government Summit and of the need to promote global understanding.

Signatories included representatives of the following news agencies - Saudi Press Agency, SPA; Middle East News Agency, MENA; Indo-Asian news Services, IANS; Jordan News Agency – Petra; Federation of Arab News Agencies, FANA; ANSA, Italy; Federation of News Agencies of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation; National News Agency – Lebanon; Associated Press of Pakistan; Athens News Agency; Oman News Agency; Lusa Agencia de Noticias of Portugal; UKRINFORM of Ukraine; Mauritania News Agency, and Press Trust of India – PTI.

Representatives of the agencies have been attending the World Government Summit, which concluded in Dubai today.

The declaration was signed on behalf of WAM by its Executive Editor, Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi.

The full text of the declaration follows.

First, we recognise the importance of the World Government Summit 2018 and the key themes discussed therein in shaping the future of the world and the role expected of the media in developing its tools through the provision of technologies and innovations that contribute to supporting the media content industry for the benefit of humanity.

Second, the signatories to the Declaration believe that the outcomes and recommendations of the Global Dialogue of Happiness held as part of the World Government Summit deserve continuous media attention, highlighting the role that they play in creating a balance between the acceleration of technological development and paying attention to human happiness and well-being and also linking happiness with the action agendas of governments as well as applying scientific concepts to happiness.

Third, we have agreed to enhance the media content associated with Artificial Intelligence, AI, using media tools to raise the level of such content and to highlight the global successes in the use of Artificial Intelligence in the service of humanity, based on its positive impact in protecting the planet and creating new economies and efficiency. We further agree to explore the future of the use of Artificial Intelligence in information, health and education and to work on ways of transferring, disseminating and documenting creative initiatives in these sectors so as to benefit from them at a global level.

Fourth, to develop an integrated media system to deal with issues related to climate change so as to reduce its negative impacts on natural resources with regards to future generations and to advocate the adoption of green technologies in various fields, especially those of clean and renewable energy, as well as to raise awareness among all members of society about environmental issues.

Fifth, to shed light on all global efforts related to the latest developments in space research around the world and the development of space technologies on Earth, highlighting the role played by space science in facilitating knowledge about the universe, understanding its laws and mechanisms, and answering fundamental questions about its nature.

Sixth, supporting issues related to youth in all their aspects, to enhance their participation in decision-making and the drawing up of future plans, addressing youth in a language and media content that fits with the nature of their aspirations and ways of thinking.

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