Global leaders to shape the Davos Agenda ahead of ‘crucial year to rebuild trust’

23 Nov 2020

Public Engagement, World Economic Forum,

- The world has experienced unimaginable hardship since the outbreak of the global pandemic, reversing gains in the fight against unemployment, climate change and poverty

- Rebuilding trust and increasing global cooperation are crucial to implement the bold and innovative solutions needed to drive a robust recovery

- To mobilize government, business and civil society on these solutions, the World Economic Forum will hold a virtual meeting on 25-29 January 2021 on the Davos Agenda

- Heads of state and government will address the state of the world in 2021 to audiences in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Latin America

Geneva, Switzerland, 23 November 2020 – The Davos Agenda is a pioneering mobilization of global leaders to rebuild trust to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in 2021. The virtual meeting will build momentum ahead of the Special Annual Meeting in the spring. The Davos Agenda will feature a full week of global programming on 25-29 January 2021 with the active participation of heads of state, CEOs, civil society leaders, global media and youth leaders from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Latin America.

“2021 is a crucial year to rebuild trust,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “The world is at a crossroads. The pandemic has reversed important gains in the global fight against unemployment, climate change and poverty. Leaders must come together for decisive and inclusive action.

Building a better future for work, accelerating stakeholder capitalism, and harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be important topics on the Davos Agenda.

The five programme themes are:

- Designing cohesive, sustainable, resilient economic systems (25 January)

- Driving responsible industry transformation and growth (26 January)

- Enhancing stewardship of our global commons (27 January)

- Harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (28 January)

- Advancing global and regional cooperation (29 January)

Heads of state and of government and international organizations will give special addresses on the state of the world, as well as engaging in dialogue with business leaders. Industry leaders and public figures will discuss how to advance and accelerate public-private collaboration on critical issues such as COVID-19 vaccination, job creation and climate change, among others. The Forum’s core communities, including its International Business Council, will share their insight and recommendations from global, regional and industry initiatives in impact sessions.

The high-level agenda-setting dialogues that characterize the Forum’s January meeting will take place throughout the week and will be live streamed – providing more opportunities for the public to engage. Sessions will take place across Beijing, Geneva, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo time zones to ensure global participation.

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