About

The Open Forum is an event format that allows a broader audience to participate in the activities of World Economic Forum. Each year since 2003, the Open Forum convenes in January in the heart of Davos, attracting leaders from all walks of life. In 2023, the Open Forum will be hosted at the Tobelmühle Sports Hall, for the second time. We welcome government officials, artists, civil society leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and CEOs of multinational companies: All have a story or point of view to share.

In the spirit of Davos, the Open Forum aims to stimulate dialogue among thought leaders on issues ranging from current political structures and geopolitical concerns to environmental problems, leadership challenges and the role of the arts in society.

Indeed, the World Economic Forum seizes the timely opportunity of its Annual Meeting in Davos to offer a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders and policy-makers around improving the state of the world.

The Open Forum welcomes a diverse public from around the globe to listen, participate and share thoughts, experiences and stories with the panellists on pressing and controversial issues. For those of you who cannot join the Open Forum personally in Davos, we hope you will follow the debates on the web via our livestream.

Mission

The Open Forum aims to encourage dialogue and spread awareness on critical issues by providing a platform on which ideas, thoughts and questions can be expressed and tackled in an open environment.

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Online registration for the Open Forum 2023 will be open until 12 January 2023 at 5 P.M. CET.

Programme 2023

In Harmony with Nature

Monday, 16 January 2023, 18.30 - 19.30

Climate change is an undeniable reality. Current lifestyles and organisational practices need to change if we hope to restore the health of the planet and protect the well being of current and future generations.

How do we mobilize action towards climate positive lifestyles?

Sustainably Served

Tuesday, 17 January 2023, 09.30 - 10.30

Nearly 830 million people face food insecurity and more than 3 billion are unable to afford a healthy diet. Challenges to human and planetary health have been further compounded by rising costs, supply chain disruptions and climate change.

How can we strengthen the connections between food-nature-health for more affordable, healthy and sustainable diets?

Protecting the Climate Vulnerable

Tuesday, 17 January 2023, 12.30 - 13.30

Nearly half of the world's population is severely affected by increasingly dangerous climate change, according to a 2022 IPCC report.

Listen to the voices of our global youths on what leaders must do to promote justice and provide support to communities most affected by the climate crisis.

Propelling Planetary Prosperity

Tuesday, 17 January 2023, 18.30 - 19.30

Technology has played a catalytic role in augmenting human resilience, from "natural" technologies that evolved over thousands of years to cutting-edge science and its varied applications.

How are youth harnessing their creative potential to innovate for the prosperity of the planet?

Nature Heals

Wednesday, 18 January 2023, 09.30 - 10.30

There is increasing evidence that spending time in nature has a positive impact on daily well-being. Nature connectedness is also associated with symptom relief and complements treatments for a variety of physical and mental health issues.

How can access to nature be improved in an increasingly urbanized and digitalized world?

Mobilizing for Climate

Wednesday, 18 January 2023, 12.30 - 13.30

To promote climate action, many multistakeholder commitments and partnerships have been created. However, keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still a struggle.

What concrete steps are needed for coordinated global climate action?

Energy Transition Rush

Wednesday, 18 January 2023, 18.30 - 19.30

From industrial production to household heating, the global energy crisis is causing ripple effects that have spurred a rush to address energy transition.

What is needed to ensure access to affordable, sustainable and clean energy solutions for all?

Pack Up and Go: Climate Migration

Thursday, 19 January 2023, 09.30 - 10.30

Over 200 million people face forced migration within their countries by 2050 due to sea-level rise, extreme weather events, drought and water scarcity. Climate migration can destabilize societies and economies, making them vulnerable to other long-term threats.

How can we address climate migration and reduce the risks for those displaced by the nature and climate crisis?

The Evolution of Urban Life

Thursday, 19 January 2023, 12.30 - 13.30

More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this is expected to increase to almost 70% by 2050.

How can we ensure the cities of the future are environmentally sustainable and socially resilient?

Concert

Thursday, 19 January 2023, 18.30 - 19.30

Special Guest to be announced.

In Case of Fire use Stairs

Friday, 20 January 2023, 11.30 - 12.30

More than 1 billion people live with a disability and are among those most adversely affected by the climate crisis. Their needs are often not included in strategies for infrastructure design and emergency response.

How the climate emergency be turned into an opportunity for inclusion?

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