International recognition for UAE National Day

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UNESCO has adopted the UAE National Day (December 2) as 'World Futures Day'.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced this on Twitter.

He said it's a major recognition of the UAE's foresight and ability to plan for the future.

The choice of December 2 is a sign of appreciation for the UAE’s global role over the past 50 years to imagine and create the future, as well as its exceptional experience in anticipating economic, industrial and social change and its high readiness in future sectors.

World Futures Day aims to draw attention to proactive policy-making to ensure sustainable development for future generations.

"This is the spirit of World Futures Day, through which UNESCO, as the United Nations' intellectual and prospective agency, invites everyone to think about the future, in order to change the present," said Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO.

The adoption of World Futures Day was a unanimous decision at the 41st session of UNESCO’s General Conference, which concluded on Wednesday, November, 24.

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