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Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders will gather for the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda 2022, January 17-21. It will be the first global platform this year to provide an opportunity for key heads of state and government, as well as business leaders and leaders of civil society and international organizations, to reflect on “the state of the world” and develop solutions to critical challenges. in the coming year.
Starkly different pandemic experiences have exacerbated global divisions. Vaccine inequities, combined with new strains, have also slowed international economic recovery. However, as the Global Risks Report 2022 makes it clear that COVID-19 is just one of the critical global challenges that could become unmanageable unless world leaders prioritize proactive collaboration. Accordingly, the Davos Agenda will focus on driving concerted action among key global stakeholders.
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, said: “Everyone is hopeful that in 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic and the crises that have accompanied it will finally start to recede. But major global challenges lie ahead, from climate change to rebuilding trust and social cohesion. To deal with it, leaders will have to adopt new models, look long-term, renew cooperation and act systemically. The Davos Agenda 2022 is the starting point for the dialogue needed for global cooperation in 2022.”
Through special addresses and panels with leaders from G20 economies and international organizations, the Davos Agenda 2022 will provide crucial insights into a range of critical challenges. Participants will learn first-hand how these leaders will take action in these and other areas.
World leaders delivering special “state of the world” addresses will include:
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan; Antonio Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister of Israel; Janet L. Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria.
More special “state of the world” addresses with G20 leaders will be announced tomorrow.
The Davos Agenda 2022 will also mobilize governments and business leaders, international organizations and civil society to share their perspectives, ideas and plans on the most pressing global issues such as climate change, social contracts and vaccine equity. These sessions will also provide a platform for broader connection, allowing global audiences to engage and be included in the conversation.
Key sessions will include:
- COVID-19 – What’s next? (January 17)
- Technology Cooperation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (January 17)
- Renewing a Global Social Contract (January 18)
- Meeting the Challenge of Vaccine Equity (January 18)
- Navigating the energy transition (January 19)
- Accelerating and scaling up climate innovation (January 19)
- ESG Metrics for a Sustainable Future (January 20)
- Live from Space: The Next Frontier of Knowledge and Action (January 20)
- Global Economic Outlook (January 21)
- Building Future Preparedness (January 21)
The program will include:
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization (WHO); Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency; Joseph
Pedro Castillo Terrones, President of Peru; Ivan Duque, President of Colombia; Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US National Institutes of Health; Yasmine Fouad, Egyptian Minister of the Environment; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF); Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala; Al Gore, Vice President of the United States (1993-2001) and Chairman and Co-Founder of Generation Investment Management; Paul Guedes, Minister of Economy of Brazil; Paula Ingabire, Minister of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation of Rwanda; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; John F. Kerry, Presidential Special Envoy for Climate of the United States of America; Christine Lagarde,President, European Central Bank; Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General, World Trade Organization (WTO); Abdulaziz Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz
Al Saud, Minister of Energy of Saudi Arabia; Nicholas Schmit, Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, European Commission; Francois Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Central Bank of France; Sarah bint Yousif Al-Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates. Others should confirm.
Forum flagship reports, initiatives and latest book by Klaus Schwab
On January 7, Klaus Schwab published his latest book, Le Grand Récit, co-written with Thierry Malleret. The big story explores how we can build a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future. The book was based on interviews conducted with 50 of the world’s foremost thinkers and opinion makers, from a wide range of academic disciplines and diverse geographies and backgrounds.
On January 11, the World Economic Forum released its Global Risks Report 2022. The flagship annual report – which this year saw climate risks dominate the list of top concerns – is an important marker for prioritizing action across sectors public and private over the coming year.
On January 26, the World Economic Forum will publish its Global Competitiveness Report 2021-2022. Over the past 40 years, this landmark report has helped shape economic policies globally by recognizing that productivity is essential to achieving high living standards and human development.
The Davos Agenda 2022 will also mark the launch of several World Economic Forum initiatives to accelerate the race to net zero emissions, the economic opportunity for nature-positive solutions and cyber-resilience. Other launches on a wide range of critical topics will also take place from January 17-21. These include building the resilience of global value chains, building economies in fragile markets through humanitarian investments, closing the vaccine manufacturing gap and using data solutions to prepare for the next pandemic.