Davos, Jan. 16 (PTI) – Global leaders will gather in the snowy Swiss ski resort town on Monday for the largest gathering of thousands including around a hundred participants from India ‘Collaboration in a Fragmented World’ will be discussed.
This year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) Summit will kick off with a Crystal Awards ceremony.
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Last year, due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic, the annual meeting was held in May and therefore could not be held in the usual January. Until then, the 2021 conference will be held online.
While the pandemic is not entirely over, restrictions are few and far between, and the war in Ukraine and the economic fallout from the geopolitical and health crises make Davos — often described as the largest gathering of the global elite — interesting.
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More than 50 heads of government or heads of state are expected to attend the meeting starting Monday over the next five days, while four Union ministers – Mansukh Mandaviya, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Smriti Irani and RK Singh – as well as Maharasht Labang Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, as well as some officials and business leaders from India will be present.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Karnataka’s BS Bommai were also earlier on the list, but they are unlikely to attend the summit. AAP leader Raghav Chaddha is also here, as are Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao and Tamil Nadu Minister Thangam Thennarasu.
Among the business leaders, Gautam Adani, Sanjiv 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 are likely to attend.
The meeting will call on global leaders to address the immediate economic, energy and food crises while laying the foundations for a more sustainable and resilient world.
Organizers are expecting substantial participation from Asia, including China and Japan.
The theme of the 53rd Annual Meeting, “Collaboration in a Fragmented World,” will bring together more than 2,700 leaders from 130 countries, including 52 Heads of State/Government.
Key political leaders at the meeting included German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President Roberta Mesola, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, South African President Cyril Rama Fossa, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Swiss President Alain Berce and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.
Other top leaders include John F. Kerry, the U.S. presidential special envoy for climate issues; U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines; U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh; U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai; Central Bank Governor Christine Lagarde.
Heads of international organizations attending the meeting included UN Secretary-General António Guterres, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala , NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The World Economic Forum says the annual meeting comes at a time when multiple crises have deepened divisions and fragmented the geopolitical landscape, and leaders must address people’s urgent, critical needs while building a more sustainable and resilient world by the end of the century. foundation of the world.
“We see multifaceted political, economic and social forces creating increasing fragmentation at the global and national levels. To address the root causes of this erosion of trust, we need to strengthen collaboration between government and the business sector to provide Strong cooperation creates the conditions. And a durable recovery,” said Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum.
“At the same time, it must be recognized that economic development needs to be more resilient and sustainable and that no one should be left behind,” he added.
The agenda for the 53rd Annual Meeting focuses on solutions and public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing challenges.
“It encourages world leaders to address interlinked issues of energy, climate, and nature; investment, trade, and infrastructure; frontier technology and industry resilience; jobs, skills, social mobility, and health; and geopolitical cooperation in a multipolar world. work together,” said the World Economic Forum, which bills itself as an international organization for public-private partnerships.
It added that special emphasis was placed on gender and geographic diversity in all meetings.
This year will see the highest level of corporate participation ever in Davos, with more than 1,500 leaders from 700 organizations registering, including more than 600 of the world’s top CEOs from industries such as financial services, energy, materials and infrastructure, and information and communication technologies.
As IFAD Goodwill Ambassadors, they focus on issues related to food security, climate change and environmental protection.
Civil society leaders at the meeting included Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance CEO Seth F Berkley, International Transport Workers’ Federation Secretary-General Stephen Cotton, Chadian Association of Indigenous Women and Peoples President Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Religion for Peace Secretary-General Azza Karam with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation.
More than 125 experts and leaders from world-renowned universities, research institutions and think tanks will also attend the conference.
Artist Maya Lin, renowned soprano Renee Fleming and actors Idris Elba and Sabrina Dur Elba will receive the 2023 Crystal Awards on Monday.
These awards recognize the achievements of outstanding artists who are bridge builders and role models for all leaders in society.
Lin will be honored “for her extraordinary creativity in combining science, art and architecture and her exemplary leadership in advancing nature and the environment.”
Fleming will be honored “for her leadership in advocating for the power of music and its relationship to health, community and culture,” according to the World Economic Forum.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Elba will be honored for their leadership in addressing food security, climate change and environmental protection, World Economic Forum says And the award.
In April 2020, actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Idris Elba and his wife, model, actress and humanitarian Sabrina de Hauer Elba were appointed to the United Nations IFAD Goodwill Ambassador.
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