World Economic Forum: What should be expected from Davos 2015?
The world’s financial eyes will centre on Davos, Switzerland, from January 21-24 as global business and governmental leaders gather to discuss the most pressing issues in front of the economic world.
The 2015 World Economic Forum will convene under the theme The New Global Context, and will address key issues of global importance under four thematic pillars.
These include Crisis and Cooperation, Growth and Stability, Innovation and Industry, and finally society and security.
Complexity, fragility and uncertainty are all challenging progress at global, regional and national levels, potentially ending an era of economic integration and international partnership that began in 1989. What is clear is that we are confronted by profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological transformations.
The meeting is framed around 10 clearly defined global challenges. These challenges are: environment and resource scarcity; employment skills and human capital; gender parity; long-term investing, infrastructure and development; food security and agriculture; international trade and investment; the future of the internet; global crime and anti-corruption; social inclusion; and the future of financial systems.
Established in 1971, the Forum prides itself on being an impartial platform for transforming dialogue into action, and it will be interest to see once more if the group can convert any of the rhetoric around the challenges it so clearly outlines into policy the world can relate to and support.
Here is Davos 2015 in expected numbers:
- More than 2,500 participants from 140 countries
- More than 1,500 business leaders from more than 25 sectors and industries
- 300 public figures, including more than 40 heads of state and government
- 200 representatives from the New Champions Community
- 250 media representatives
- More than 280 sessions and workshops
- 22 televised sessions
Co-Chairs at the event include Eric Schmidt (Executive Chair at Google), Jim Yong Kim (President of the World Bank) and Winifred Byanyima (Executive Director, Oxfam International), meaning that some of the world’s most influential businesspeople will be in one venue discussing global issues.
Will this be enough to solve some of these conundrums?
The video below shows the official unveiling of the themes to be covered at this year’s meeting.
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