Emirates News Agency – UAE Government launches ‘Big Data for Sustainable Development’ platform

DUBAI, 25th January, 2022 (WAM) — The Government of the United Arab Emirates has launched the United Nations (UN) platform, “Big Data for Sustainable Development”, as part of an initiative to address the needs of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region).

The United Arab Emirates is one of four countries selected as the platform’s regional headquarters.

The announcement was made during the forum “Mobilizing Big Data and Data Science for the Sustainable Development Goals”, which kicked off today at Expo 2020 Dubai, in cooperation with the United Nations, and saw the participation of Emirati ministers, government and international officials and a wide list of experts and specialists in data science and sustainable development.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Chairperson of the National Committee for Sustainable Development Goals, said the UN’s decision to make the UAE the platform’s MENA headquarters highlights its stature and strengthen its position as a global hub for technology and big data.

It also underscores the UAE leadership’s drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using big data and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, she added.

Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, said the UAE supports the growing interest of young people in big data, future technologies and sustainability, adding that government initiatives have encouraged the youth participation in the United Nations Youth Hackathon.

She also affirmed the UAE’s commitment to empowering young people and honing their skills and capacities in Big Data and AI technologies, noting that the country has placed youth at the forefront of its development strategy. development.

Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology and President of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, said the United Arab Emirates had begun its journey in the next fifty years, guided by the directives of its leaders to adopt proactive plans, supporting their priorities in science and advanced technology. .

The SDGs include supporting comprehensive and sustainable manufacturing and promoting innovation, she noted, adding that the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology has adopted a strategy to motivate innovation and adopt advanced industrial technological solutions.

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Teleworking Applications, said data is the real wealth of the government of the future and the main tool to develop government services. new generation.

The UAE is cooperating with several countries and international organizations to align data protection efforts, by drafting laws and building partnerships to ensure alignment of laws issued by countries that produce digital technologies and media platforms social, he added.

The UAE seeks to establish an enabling environment for fostering talent in advanced data to achieve the SDGs, focusing on improving the efficiency of AI and the use of big data in vital sectors.

Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, congratulated the UAE government on the successful launch of the platform’s regional hub, noting that it could help build the capacity of statistical authorities. in the MENA region to use big data, thus accelerating the achievement of the SDGs.

Hanan Mansour, Acting Director of the Federal Center for Competitiveness and Statistics, said experts at the center worked with a United Nations team to create the ideal infrastructure for the platform, which can meet the needs of the MENA region. .

The center manages 578 national statistical indexes and is connected to more than 40 authorities to ensure data security, she added, noting that the center is capable of processing more than 100 million units of raw data per year.