Date: Friday, 10 December 2021
Venue: Hall 1A North, Dubai Exhibition Centre (Expo 2020 Dubai)
Format: Hybrid (in-person and virtual)
Attendance: Open to the public. Free registration
Under the theme, “A Story can Change the World” and marking Human Rights Day, the Dignified Storytelling Forum brought together storytellers, members of civil society, organizations, governments, the private sector and international and regional agencies to discuss and agree on the importance of placing human dignity at the heart of storytelling, particularly within development and humanitarian contexts.
The Forum emphasized the importance of embedding dignified storytelling in policy and practice among individuals, organizations and countries. It also presented an opportunity to affirm the Dignified Storytelling Principles, committing to them through the Dignified Storytelling Pledge.
The Forum stood out as the most strategically important Dignified Storytelling event during Expo, attracting more than 700 in-person and virtual attendees who heard from more than 20 speakers on the overarching topic of adopting dignified storytelling approaches to help reshape the way stories are told around the world.
Founder, Story & Spirit
Commissioner General of the United Nations to Expo 2020 Dubai
Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM)
Chief Executive Officer, Wunderman Thompson MENA
Journalist and Photographer
(UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador)
VP and Global Head of Creative Insights, Getty Images
Head of Policy and Advocacy, WarChild UK
Chief Executive Officer, Global Fund for Children
Director of Communications & Marketing, Global Fund for Children
CEO, Bus Stop Films
Head of Global Communications, UNHCR
Engaging and interactive workshops, talks and discussions took place prior to the main Dignified Storytelling program on 10 December 2021.
The 45-minutes technical sessions were co-curated alongside key Dignified Storytelling Partners and ran between 10:00 and 13:00 at the Dubai Exhibition Centre.