The World Economic Forum (WEF) adapts to the Covid-19 pandemic. Its flagship event – the Davos Forum which usually takes place in January – has been postponed to the summer of 2022. On the other hand, the organizers have planned a week of conferences and round tables from January 17 to 24, under the banner of the Davos Agenda, which will take place virtually.
Some big names were confirmed by the WEF on Thursday: Xi Jinping, Chinese President, Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, or even Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
On the Swiss side, the Federal Councilor in charge of the Economy, Guy Parmelin, invited trade ministers for an online meeting. The objective is to take stock of the work in progress at the World Trade Organization, more particularly in relation to Covid-19.
A starting point for dialogue
“Everyone hopes that in 2022 the Covid-19 pandemic and the crises that accompanied it will finally start to go away, said Thursday Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. But major global challenges lie ahead, from climate change to restoring trust and social cohesion.” It therefore invites world political and economic leaders to adopt new models, to see the long term, to renew cooperation and to act in a systemic way. “The Davos Agenda 2022 is the starting point for the dialogue necessary for global cooperation in 2022,” emphasizes Klaus Schwab.
The event will also mark the launch of several initiatives of the forum, including efforts to accelerate the race to net zero emissions, ensure economic opportunity for nature-positive solutions, build cyber resilience, strengthen value chains markets, build economies in fragile markets through humanitarian investment, close the vaccine manufacturing gap and use data solutions to prepare for the next pandemic.
Much of the deliberations will be accessible to the general public via the WEF’s social networks, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram as well as Weibo for Chinese Internet users.