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Armen Sarkissian Chairs the Energy Security Council in Dubai

Dubai, 7 November 2008 – The World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Government of Dubai, opened the inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai today. The Summit is a unique and timely gathering of the world’s 700 most innovative and relevant minds – leaders from academia, business, government and civil society from 60 countries around the world. The Summit will deal with key issues on the current global agenda – from financial risk to energy security to climate change –with the aim of laying out solutions to some of the most pressing issues.

Armen Sarkissian, former Prime Minister of Armenia and founding President of Eurasia House International, is participating in the summit as the Chairman of the Global Energy Security Council. The Council is a multistakeholder body of the most prominent figures in global energy industry and institutions.

“More than in any other time, in this age of globalisation, politics, economics and energy are intertwined,” said Sarkissian, who is heading the enormous task of dealing with the most critical issues in energy security facing the globe. “The economies of virtually all countries have become heavily dependent on the political economy of energy. Indeed, energy security and politics have come to affect practically everything society does,” he continued.
Over the next three days, the Summit in Dubai — which was opened by the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai — will address issues of global importance and would make recommendations for solving major international problems. More than 40 Councils will address global challenges from climate change, financial instability and failing states to religious extremism.
The Summit will integrate participants from more than 60 countries from around the world – with thought leaders from the Arab world well represented among the Councils. The outcomes of the Summit will be presented for further discussion and action at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 in Davos, Switzerland. Armen Sarkissian will be making keynote presentations and moderate a number of panels at the Davos meetings.