Prime Minister Puna attended the World Government Congress in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. The World Government Summit is an annual event held in Dubai, UAE, and it brings together leaders in government for a global dialogue about governmental process and policies with a focus on the issues of futurism, technology and innovation, as well as climate change.

This year the Cook Islands led the debate on Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development Goals, and why this is of such importance not only for our country and region but also for the world.

Puna spoke at a SDGs High-Level Panel Session on the “Essential Role of Leadership in Accelerating the Achievements of SDGs”. Along with Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinoza Garcés, President of the General Assembly, United Nations , H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group and Dr. Ban Ki-Moon, Former Secretary General, United Nations

The summit acts as a knowledge exchange hub between government officials, thought leaders, policy makers and private sector leaders, said Puna, and as an analysis platform for the future trends, issues and opportunities facing humanity. The summit hosts over 90 speakers from 150 participating countries along with over 4000 attendees.

Enhancing the Lives of 7 billion Citizens across the World ,The World Government Summit organization aspires to improve the lives of citizens across the world by empowering institutions and decision-makers with the knowledge to shape a better future.

The World Government Summit is the only global organization dedicated to shaping the future of governments and setting the agenda for the next generation of governments worldwide and provides a unique platform to showcase and exchange best practices and smart solutions to the challenges that nations face.

It comprises a wide network of leaders of the public and private sectors, and inspires them to think collectively and creatively about disruptive intersections between government and innovation, with the ultimate goal of promoting development and prosperity.