The Davos forum opens, amid uncertainties about the Ukrainian war and the energy crisis

In all, 52 heads of state and government and about 600 top managers are expected. For Italy there will be the Minister of Education Valditara

The World Economic Forum (WEF) opens today in Davos, at a time of international uncertainty, from the war in Ukraine to the energy crisis and the threat of recession. As expressed by the chosen title – ‘Cooperation in a fragmented world’ – of the annual meeting of the global elite of business world leaders, politicians and economists.

Among the protagonists of the international scene are the German chancellor Olaf Scholz and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, flanked by her deputy Valdis Dombrovskis, and the President of the Parliament Roberta Metsola. Economic Affairs Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni and Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn are also expected.

According to what has been announced so far, there is only one member of the government in the Italian delegation, the Minister of Education Giuseppe Valditara. On the economic front, much expectation for the president of the European Central Bank, the French Christine Lagarde and for the President of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva.

In all they are expected 52 heads of state and government expected and about 600 top managers. Furthermore, last-minute surprises cannot be excluded: some delegations have asked not to reveal all their representatives for security reasons, said the president of the WEF, Borge Brende, a few days ago, presenting the program for the official opening – on Tuesday morning after the informal launch tomorrow evening – which will also be attended by two as yet unannounced personalities.

The White House has confirmed that Joe Biden will not be in Davos, and neither will his deputy Kamala Harris or Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Instead, climate envoy John Kerry, FBI director Christopher Wray will participate together with Avril Haines, head of national intelligence. The arrival of Xi Jinping is also unlikely, who since the beginning of Covid has left only once, for the G20 in Bali, China now grappling with a new violent wave of the pandemic.

There Russia is boycotted by Davos since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine, with the latter expected to send a smaller delegation to the Forum than last May.

In any case, Brende assures us, the conflict will be one of the main topics of the Forum, with the intervention of the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg. And the two new members of the Atlantic Alliance, Sweden and Finland, will send respectively the Foreign Minister, Ann Christin Linde, and the Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

The political situation in Brazil, after last Sunday’s assault on democratic institutions by supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro, also excludes the possibility that among the surprise guests there could be Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who has nevertheless decided to send two heavyweights from his government: Finance Minister Fernando Haddad and Environment Minister Marina Silva. The presence of the latter confirms that the environment and the climate crisis will in fact be another central topic of the Forum