Sharjah Executive Council to meet former Finland PM ahead of IGCF

SHARJAH, The Sharjah Executive Council will meet with Alexander Stubb, former Prime Minister of Finland and Member of Parliament, during a workshop organised by the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), as part of the preparations for the sixth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF).

The IGCF 2017 is being held under the patronage of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, from 22nd to 23rd March at the Expo Centre Sharjah.

In line with the theme of the upcoming IGCF 2017, entitled “Societal Participation, Comprehensive Development,” the special session will discuss the challenges facing the international community, as well as exchange views, experiences and best practices, with the aim of putting in place the United Nations’ 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of Sharjah Government Media Bureau, said, “In Sharjah, as well as across the UAE and around the world, governments have been increasingly creating frameworks and policies to promote sustainable development. The upcoming IGCF will strengthen these international efforts by bringing together local and global leaders and experts, so that they can learn from past experiences and adopt best practices. In particular, the IGCF will focus on the critical role that effective government communication can play in achieving these goals.”

The former Prime Minister of Finland will discuss his experiences as a member of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development (FNCSD) which oversees the country’s national and international sustainable development goals, while focussing on engaging society to participate actively in the process.

Allay added that Finland was working to encourage individuals to play an active role in achieving the 2030 agenda, an approach that the UAE has also adopted.

“Governments need to engage citizens to reach the 17 UN development goals, and the best way to do this is through effective government communication. The workshop with the Executive Council of Sharjah and Mr. Stubb is an example of how nations around the world can come together to achieve ambitious goals,” he noted.

The sixth IGCF will be attended by more than 2,500 local, regional and international leaders and media experts from 16 countries.

Source: Emirates News Agency