Dr Jamal Mohammed al Hosani, director general of National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA), said the conference discussed the experience of the US in recovering from Hurricane Harvey; Rwanda’s experience in recovering from the consequences of destructive civil wars, as well as Oman’s experience in recovering from Cyclone Mekunu.
The conference explored issues critical in crisis and disaster management sector, with particular focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) among other policies and frameworks designed to reduce.
It was held by the NCEMA and under the patronage of Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed al Nahyan, National Security Adviser in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.
This year’s theme was ‘Future Foresight of Emergencies and Crises: Capabilities and Challenges’. Dr Hosani also said the first day of the event focussed on the future of AI technology and explored Singapore’s experience in building smart cities and protection from crises. “It showcased how to best employ this technology to counter and predict crises, enhance preparedness to manage major events.” He explained that on the first day the workshop discussed roles individuals can play in emergency-responses such as the UAE’s National Volunteer Program for Emergencies, Crises and Disasters and foresee the unpredictable in organisational response to unpredictable threats.
Choosing the theme Future Foresight of Emergencies and Crises: Capabilities and Challenges for the sixth edition of the event was driven by NCEMA’s awareness of the critical importance of cooperation and teamwork among states for building a new future for a crisis, disaster and emergency management while facing increasing challenges.
Workshops to tackle vital issues including management of significant events such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, as well as response to the national cybersecurity crises and the national early warning systems were also held.