A new crisis response manual has been released by the UAE

A paper detailing the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and its lessons learned was released today in Abu Dhabi. The UAE has called for increased international cooperation to reduce the likelihood of similar catastrophes and emergencies.

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Dr. Anwar Gargash, diplomatic advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates, remarked during the first-ever Crisis and Emergencies Management Summit in the nation's capital that the globalised character of the modern world leaves all communities vulnerable to disasters and emergencies anywhere in the world.

There is no longer any way to have a solitary life in today's world because of how interconnected everything is. We have learned the hard way that no one is immune to danger, not even from faraway places where the threat may have originated. In addition, modern disasters might have both natural and anthropogenic causes. In his keynote talk, Dr. Gargash emphasised the importance of coordinating responses and remaining prepared for future challenges.

Dr. Gargash stated that the United Arab Emirates was able to reconcile economic, social, and political needs thanks to its well-coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a daunting, new undertaking, but the bold actions of our leaders inspired confidence. Our prompt action helped the UAE recover rapidly, and now the country is well-prepared to host a major international event like Expo 2020 Dubai. He also noted that the incident served to highlight the need of anticipating and predicting hazards and keeping calm in the face of disasters.

Potential Dangers from Cyberspace

Many global risks are now digital in character, reflecting the interconnected structure of the world. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, director general of the UAE Cybersecurity Council, has stated that digital emergencies impact increasingly large segments of the worldwide population. In his speech to the attendees, he advocated for a widespread commitment to online safety and cleanliness, similar to the widespread adoption of personal hygiene practises that resulted from public education campaigns during the 2009 COVID-19 outbreak.

The two-day conference will feature sessions on topics such as cybersecurity, natural catastrophes, and the use of artificial intelligence to improve readiness for and response to nuclear and radiological emergencies.

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