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Crisis Act. 25 May 2022

Davos 2022 Forum: Working together to regain trust

After two years of pandemic-related restrictions, the Davos Forum, hosted by the WEF (World Economic Forum) and to be held from May 22 to 26, 2022, has returned to an in-person meeting format. This edition is one of the most critical so far, due to the vast changes the world has seen since the event was last held and the severe tests that society now faces. With the pandemic in the background and the invasion of Ukraine in the foreground, the summit comes at a crucial geopolitical and economic moment, when the world faces urgent challenges in humanitarian emergencies, energy and security, while not losing sight of the long-term commitments to transform, feed and decarbonize the planet.

For more than 50 years, the World Economic Forum, also known as the Davos Forum, has served as a global platform where leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society and academia come together to address critical issues at the start of each year. In 2021, the forum had to be canceled because of the pandemic. On this occasion, the organizers have divided the agenda into a series of virtual meetings that will take place in the month of January, and an in-person meeting is planned for the middle of the year in Switzerland.

The war in Ukraine and the human tragedy that it entails has forced a change of agenda. Leaders gathered in Davos must therefore address the challenges stemming from the conflict, yet not lose sight of longer-term environmental, technological and social priorities. The meetings are structured around six themes: 1) Promoting global and regional cooperation; 2) Ensuring economic recovery and building a new era of growth; 3) Building healthy and fair societies; 4) Safeguarding the climate, food supply and nature; 5) Promoting the transformation of industry; 6) Harnessing the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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From May 22, 2022 - May 26, 2022, Davos will once again be held in person following a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

A global agenda for a world at a turning point

The global leaders who participate in the meeting each year will work on eight thematic priorities: global cooperation; economic rebalancing; society and equity; climate and nature; innovation and governance; industrial transformation, risks and resilience; and global health.

The agenda includes the participation of approximately 2,000 people such as heads of state and governments, company CEOs, civil society leaders, global media outlets, and youth leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. The meeting will embody the “Davos spirit” defined by interactions to come up with ideas and spark the global impact needed to improve the state of the world.

Spain will be represented by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, the Minister for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares. Leading figures of Spain’s business world will also be in attendance, such as the Chair of BBVA, Carlos Torres Vila, and the chairs of Iberdrola, Telefónica, Ferrovial Naturgy and Repsol.

The unique circumstances surrounding this annual meeting make having clear objectives more important than ever before. WEF is emphasizing two in particular:

  1. The biggest priority is to accelerate progress and the impact of the forum to tackle global challenges - from COVID and climate change to education and global technology.
  2. The second objective is to provide a platform for connection, thus fostering the generation of new ideas and innovations, involving communities, projects and individuals willing to share their contributions. Technology will allow the audience to observe and interact with the forum through the live streaming of sessions, social networks and virtual connections.
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What is Davos?

Davos is the highest town in Europe

What is the Davos Forum?

The Forum is traditionally held in Davos, the highest town in Europe (1,560 meters). Surrounded by mountains, it houses the largest ski station in Switzerland. However, Davos is not famous for its snow but for hosting the World Economic Forum (WEF). This annual meeting is attended by political, business, cultural and media leaders who wish to take part in the international agenda.

Davos was established in 1971 in Geneva (Switzerland) as an "independent, impartial and not tied to special interests” non-profit organization. Its founder is Klaus M. Schwab, a professor at the University of Geneva, who initially invited 444 executives from European companies to a meeting on corporate governance in the convention center of Davos.

His idea was to introduce the American business management approach to European firms. He never imagined that that meeting would lead to the unparalleled international summit that it is today.

Thousands of ideas come out of the Davos Forum. Not all of them materialize, but some have come far: the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed between Canada, Mexico, and the United States, was first proposed at an informal meeting in Davos.

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In 1971, University of Geneva Professor Klaus M. Schwab invited 444 executives to attend, more than four decades ago

A summit inspired by a sustainable manifesto

2020 saw the launch of a new 'Davos Manifesto' with the single objective of building a more sustainable, inclusive world.

Last year's was the most sustainable annual summit held to date. It received IS0 20121 certification for sustainable events and will be totally carbon neutral. This accomplishment was possible thanks to policies aimed at using locally-sourced food suppliers, introducing alternative sources of protein to reduce meat consumption, sourcing 100% renewable electricity, reducing or eliminating the use of materials that cannot be recycled or easily re-used, and increasing the availability of electric vehicles.

How can you follow the World Economic Forum in Davos?

The Davos Agenda aims to inform the global public and the Forum’s 25,000,000+ social media followers on the key issues shaping the year ahead. It will also engage over 430 cities in 150 countries that host Global Shapers, a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change. They can be found on this link. More than 20,000 members of TopLink, its digital interaction platform, and over 400,000 subscribers to Strategic Intelligence, its world-leading knowledge app, will also be active online throughout the week’s programme.

There is no excuse to miss out: various channels have been set up where event discussions and agenda activities can be followed.

The conversations can be followed on Twitter at (@wef and @davos), under hashtag #wef20, and on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Also follow at LinkedIn, Google+, and Youtube

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Davos can be followed in the social media