The Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bawardi, said during his speech at the annual conference of the Ministry of Defense entitled "The role of defense in national resilience beyond 2020", that "while we hold this conference, the world is facing a real crisis and an unfamiliar threat to humanity that may exceed With its results and repercussions, wars and traditional battles, it is the spread of the new Corona virus (Covid-19), which has become a common enemy of mankind.
Al-Bawardi affirmed that “our national experience in the United Arab Emirates in managing the pandemic crisis (Covid-19), and in view of the repercussions resulting from it, has proven that national stability in the future is no longer merely a protection and prevention of regular dangers or conventional attacks, but rather unfamiliar threats can help. They come in different forms and effects that are difficult to predict, bearing in mind that their repercussions may exceed their tangible impact.
He added, "The question remains, how can states and the whole world develop the capacity to protect citizens from future threats in light of this scene? On our part, we see that the new approach to national resilience must be based on four basic considerations: territorial integrity and sovereignty - public protection and safety - cohesion. And social cohesion - economic and security stability.
Al-Bawardi stressed that all national response efforts must be mobilized and coordinated, including all actors and based on the four pillars, with the aim of achieving flexibility, and for this purpose the sharing of data and the exchange of information between all concerned parties is a top priority, and success in achieving national resilience is reflected in the capacity of the state and society to Adaptation to situations arising from crises, even after they have passed.
He continued by saying that while the government and public institutions should lead the efforts of states in this regard, it is of great importance that all segments of society, including the private sector, play a decisive role in the provision of goods and resources, in addition to providing them with capacities and services. The private sector can also play an important role in anticipating and assessing the nature of the coming crisis, and thus preparing for and responding to it in emergencies.