The Davos Summit begins today, to be the largest post-Covid gathering of world leaders

More than 50 heads of government or countries are expected to attend the meeting during the next five days. (file)


World leaders will gather for the largest gathering in this snow-packed Swiss ski resort town on Monday, when thousands of people, including about a hundred participants from India, are set to discuss “cooperation in a fragmented world”.

This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Summit will kick off with the Crystal Awards Gala.

Last year, the annual meeting was hosted in May as it could not be held in the usual month of January due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. Prior to that, the 2021 meeting was held online.

Although the pandemic has not yet been fully declared, restrictions are far and few, and the war in Ukraine and the economic fallout from the geopolitical and health crises made the Davos meeting, often described as the largest gathering of the global elite, very exciting.

More than 50 heads of government or states are expected to attend the meeting over the next five days for the meeting starting on Monday, while four union ministers – Mansukh Mandavia, Ashwini Vaishnau, Smriti Irani and RK Singh – as well as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Inath Shinde, along with a number of officials and business leaders from India will attend.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and P.S. Bommai of Karnataka were also listed earlier, but they are unlikely to attend the summit. AAP leader Raghav Chaddha is also here, as is Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao and Tamil Nadu Minister Thangam Thennarasu.

Business leaders include Gautam Adani, Sanjeev Bajaj, Kumar Mangalam Birla, N Chandrasekaran, Nadir Godrej, Ajit Gulabchand, Sajjan Jindal, Sunil Mittal, Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Nandan Nilekani, Adar Poonawalla, Rishad Premji and Sumant Sinha.

The meeting will call on leaders from around the world to address the immediate economic, energy and food crises while laying the foundation for a more sustainable and resilient world.

The organizers expect significant participation from Asia, including from China and Japan.

The theme of the 53rd Annual Meeting will be “Cooperation in a Fragmented World” and will bring together more than 2,700 leaders from 130 countries, including 52 heads of state/government.

Participating senior political leaders include German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, South Korean President Yoon Sok Yul, South African President Cyril M. Ramaphosa, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Swiss President Alain Berset. and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

Other top leaders include John F. Kerry, Special Presidential Climate Envoy for the USA. Avril Haines, US Director of National Intelligence; Martin Walsh, United States Secretary of Labor; Catherine Tay, US Trade Representative; and Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank.

Among the heads of participating international organizations are UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, IMF Director-General Kristalina Georgieva, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The World Economic Forum said the annual meeting comes as multiple crises deepen divisions and fragment the geopolitical landscape, and leaders must address people’s immediate and critical needs while laying the foundation for a more sustainable and resilient world by the end of the decade.

“We see the multiple political, economic and social forces creating further fragmentation both globally and nationally. To address the root causes of this erosion of trust, we need to strengthen collaboration between government and business, creating the conditions for strong economic growth,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum.

“At the same time, there must be recognition that economic development needs to be more resilient and more sustainable, and no one should be left behind,” he added.

The program for the 53rd Annual Meeting focuses on solutions and collaboration between the public and private sectors to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

“It encourages world leaders to work together on the interrelated issues of energy, climate, and nature; investment, trade, and infrastructure; leading technologies and industry resilience; jobs, skills, social mobility, and health; and geopolitical cooperation in a multipolar world,” he said. The World Economic Forum, which describes itself as an international organization for public-private cooperation.

She added that special emphasis is placed on gender and geographical diversity in all sessions.

This year will bring the highest ever business participation in Davos, with more than 1,500 leaders registered across 700 organizations, including more than 600 of the world’s top executives with high-profile representation from sectors, such as financial services, energy, materials and infrastructure, and information technology. and communications.

As Goodwill Ambassadors for the Fund, they focus on issues related to food security, climate change and environmental conservation.

Among the civil society leaders participating in the meeting are Jaffe, Vaccine Alliance CEO Seth F Berkeley, International Transport Workers Federation General Secretary Stephen Cotton, Indigenous and Chadian Women’s Association President Hindu Oumara Ibrahim, and Religions for Peace Secretary General. Azza Karam, and Art of Living Foundation founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

More than 125 experts and heads of universities, research institutions and the world’s leading think tanks will also join the meeting.

Artist Maya Lin, celebrated soprano Renée Fleming, and actors Idris Elba and Sabrina Dor Elba will receive the 2023 Annual Crystal Award on Monday.

These awards celebrate the achievements of top artists who are bridge builders and role models for all community leaders.

Lin will be awarded for her “extraordinary creative talent in bringing together science, art, and architecture and her exemplary leadership in promoting nature and the environment.”

Fleming will receive an award “for her leadership in advocating for the power of music and its relationship to health, society and culture,” according to the World Economic Forum.

The World Economic Forum said Idris Elba and Sabrina Dore Elba will receive the award for their leadership in addressing food security, climate change and environmental conservation.

Actor, director and humanitarian Idris Elba and his wife, model, actress and humanitarian Sabrina Dor Elba, were appointed UN Goodwill Ambassadors for the Fund in April 2020.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by the Alendronaterx staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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