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The Global Agenda Councils are a network of invitation-only groups that study the most pressing issues facing the world. Each council is made up of 15-20 experts, who come together to provide interdisciplinary thinking, stimulate dialogue, shape agendas and drive initiatives. Council Members meet annually at the Summit on the Global Agenda, the world’s largest brainstorming event, which is hosted in partnership with the government of the United Arab Emirates

The World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovative thinking on critical global issues, regions and industries, and incubating projects, campaigns and events for the public good.

The Network convenes the most relevant and knowledgeable thought leaders from academia, government, business and civil society to challenge conventional thinking, develop new insights and create innovative solutions for key global challenges. In a global environment marked by short-term orientation and siloed thinking, the Network fosters interdisciplinary and long-range thinking on the prevailing challenges on the global agenda.

The Network: Connecting the Dots

One of the unique features of the Network is the emphasis on exploring interlinkages between issue areas. Currently made up of 80 individual Councils and six Metacouncils, the Network of Global Agenda Councils attempts to collapse boundaries between subjects to examine and leverage critical interconnections. There are four types of Councils:

Global issue-focused: Addressing specific global challenges

Regional: Addressing strategic topics specific to regions and countries

Industry agenda: Addressing industry transformations and trends

Meta: Addressing cross-cutting themes across the Network, involving several individual Councils

Outlook on the Global Agenda

The Outlook on the Global Agenda is the flagship publication of the Network of Global Agenda Councils. The report provides a top-of-mind perspective from our councils members on the challenges and opportunities of the coming 12–18 months. It offers a comprehensive overview of the world, drawing upon the foremost global intelligence network and its collective brainpower to explore the most important issues we all face in the coming year.

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