Launched in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Lloyd's Register Foundation, the 'Global Initiative for Future Industrial Safety' will bring together a global coalition of stakeholders that puts safety at the heart of Fourth Industrial Revolution developments and aims to make the world a safer place by developing tools and resources to advance safety capabilities in the manufacturing sector.
This Initiative, a continuation of the ongoing relationship between GMIS, UNIDO and the Lloyd's Register Foundation, was supported by the University of Cambridge that facilitated the implementation of the project scope through working groups with industrial safety experts. Together, the three partners aim to build global consensus on universal safety standards, guidelines and trainings, in addition to promoting the latest safety technologies and industrial innovations.
Industrial safety and security is an important but often overlooked aspect of pursuing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the same time, as technologies and human-machine interactions become more complex with hyper-connectivity of businesses resulting in industry-wide transformations, the need to establish productive discussion platforms in the global manufacturing sector comes to the forefront.
In this backdrop, the Global Initiative for Future Industrial Safety will act as an international platform to tackle new potential safety challenges brought as a result of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and Robotics, fill gaps in safety-related knowledge and awareness, tackle issues of transparency and openness in the industrial landscape, and gather new safety insights for business leaders and policy makers.
The initiative will also ensure that emerging technology tools and solutions are adopted by industries safely through its three focus areas. The first is set to facilitate new evidence, insights and tought leadership; the second vouches to disseminate awareness and recognition; whilst the third aims to offer resources to convene communities of practice.
Dr. Ruth Boumphrey, Director of Research & Strategic Programmes for Lloyd's Register Foundation said:“The launch of the Global Initiative for Industrial Safety is a continuation of a fruitful and dynamic relationship with GMIS, which initially began in 2019 to explore the safety-related challenges posed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Over the past few years, the Foundation has identified an urgent need for cross-disciplinary research and collaboration to develop possible actions and interventions to increase industrial resilience. Currently, 7,500 people die from unsafe working conditions every day globally, whilst 1,000 die from occupational accidents and an additional 6,500 from work related diseases, together representing 5-7% of deaths globally. The data demonstrates a need for closer attention to potential hazards at industrial sites and a more thorough global approach, encompassing all nations. The Global Initiative for Future Industrial Safety holds great potential to shape the future of health and safety for manufacturers worldwide.”
The launch of this global initiative represents the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summits ongoing efforts to drive positive outcome and lasting legacies through ongoing collaboration amongst global industry experts.
The Initiative was announced at the press conference that was held at the fourth edition of the Summit. The announcement was further explored in a session titled 'Navigating Health and Safety in Cyber-Physical Environment', which opened a discussion regarding stakeholder responsibilities to fill safety gaps in the manufacturing industry and challenge global disparities in the occurrence of workplace accidents and fatalities.
Badr Al Olama, Head of the Organising Committee of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation , said:“As the world's first cross-sectoral and cross-functional platform to support industrialisation, innovation, and technology, GMIS has strong ambitions to facilitate the development of safety technologies for all. The ambitious co-development of the Global Initiative for Industrial Safety will lead the way for more resilient capabilities together with our partners and global organisations. The future of global industrial safety starts with shaping the policy responses of tomorrow, owing to cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities and refined best practices.”
#GMIS2021 is currently being held as part of the six-day GMIS Week from November 22-27 at EXPO's Dubai Exhibition Centre, featuring over 250 global speakers. The GMIS Week will include a Global Prosperity Conference run by the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity and The Green Chain Conference, an Alternative & Renewable Energy Conference –– on November 24.
The GMIS Week will also host country-focused conferences in partnership with the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy and the United Arb Emirateson November 24 & 25. Throughout the week, the Summit will run an exhibition to highlight the UAE government's 'Make it in the Emirates' campaign, a first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage local and international investors, developers and innovators to benefit from the facilities and incentives offered by the country's industrial sector.
About GMIS :
The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments and NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution's (4IR) transformation of manufacturing to enable the regeneration of the global economy. A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), GMIS is a global platform that presents stakeholders with an opportunity to shape the future of the manufacturing sector and contribute towards global good by advancing some of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The first two editions of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit were held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2017, and Yekaterinburg, Russia in July 2019, respectively, with each edition welcoming over 3,000 high-level delegates from over 40 countries.
GMIS 2020, the third edition of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, will be held virtually as a sequence of digital series starting June 2020 followed by a virtual Summit in September 2020, and will focus on globalisation.