January 14, 2022
By: Gabriel Benjamin
Global leaders are set to convene for the World Economic Forum themed Davos Agenda 2022, from 17-21 January, for the first time in two years since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The global platform will provide an opportunity for key heads of state and government, together with chief executives and leaders from civil society and international organizations, to reflect on the “State of the World” and shape solutions for critical challenges in the year ahead.
Accordingly, the Davos Agenda will focus on driving concerted action among key global stakeholders, following radically different pandemic experiences which have exacerbated global divisions. Vaccine inequities, combined with new strains, have also slowed international economic recovery.
The Global Risks Report 2022 makes it clear that COVID-19 is only one of the critical global challenges which may become unmanageable unless world leaders prioritize proactive collaboration.
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, said: “Everyone hopes that in 2022 the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crises that accompanied it, will finally begin to recede. But major global challenges await us, from climate change to rebuilding trust and social cohesion. To address them, leaders will need to adopt new models, look long term, renew cooperation and act systemically. The Davos Agenda 2022 is the starting point for the dialogue needed for global cooperation in 2022.”
Through Special Addresses and panels with leaders of G20 economies and international organizations, the Davos Agenda 2022 will provide crucial insights into a range of critical challenges. Participants will hear first-hand how these leaders will drive action in these and other areas.
World leaders delivering “State of the World” Special Addresses will include: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan; António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; Naftali Bennett, Prime Minister of Israel; Janet L. Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States; Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President of Nigeria.
The programme will also feature: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO); Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency; José Pedro Castillo Terrones, President of Peru; Ivan Duque, President of Colombia; Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health of the United States of America; Yasmine Fouad.
The Davos Agenda 2022 will mobilize government and business leaders, international organizations and civil society to share their outlook, insights and plans relating to the most urgent global issues such as climate change, social contracts and vaccine equity. These sessions will also provide a platform for a wider connection, enabling the global public to engage and be included in the conversation.
Minister of Environment of Egypt; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF); Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala; Al Gore, Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001) and Chairman and Co-Founder, Generation Investment Management; Paulo Guedes, Minister of Economy of Brazil; Paula Ingabire, Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation of Rwanda; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; John F. Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate of the United States of America; Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank;among others Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO); are also expected to feature during the programme.