World Economic Forum 2024 kicks off today in Davos

The 54th edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos starts today, with around 2,800 people gathered in the town in the Swiss Alps, in the Canton of Grisons, among the protagonists of international politics, finance and activists from 120 countries around the world. Particular focus on conflicts, from Palestine to the Red Sea, which risk undermining economic recovery.

The participants

Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be present, accompanied by a delegation that also includes Senators Christopher Coons (Democratic Party) and Mike Rounds (Republican), as well as Representatives Vern Buchanan (Republican) and Democrat Juan Vargas of California, the French president Emmanuel Macron, the president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, but also the new president of Argentina, Javier Milei, and the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as the Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez and the secretary general of United Nations, Antonio Guterres. For the Italian government, the Minister of Economy, Giancarlo Giorgetti, is expected to participate on Wednesday. For the Middle East area here are the Israeli President, Isaac Herzog, the Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Oil of Iraq , Hayan Abdulghani, as well as Bisher Hani Al Khasawneh, Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. There is also a large delegation from Saudi Arabia, which includes the Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and the director of the Mohammed Bin Salman Foundation, Badr Al-Badr. We also note the presence of the vice president of the council of Yemen, Aidarous Al-Zubaidi. For the Asian area, note the participation of Han Duck-soo, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. Among the leaders of the European continent there will be Polish President Andrzej Duda, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is also expected in Davos. There will also be numerous African leaders, in particular the participation of William Samoei Ruto, president of Kenya, and Bola Ahmed Tinubu, president of Nigeria, is expected. As regards international organisations, in addition to Guterres, the participation of Kristalina Georgieva, director of the International Monetary Fund, is expected; Ajay Banga, president of the World Bank; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization; Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has been committed to the climate for years, will also return to Davos.

“Rebuilding trust”

In the forum, which will end on Friday morning, in addition to the topic of wars, climate and pollution, migration and economic growth will also be addressed, as well as more recent ones such as artificial intelligence. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, believes that: “We face a fractured world with growing social gaps, leading to pervasive uncertainty and pessimism. We must therefore rebuild trust in our future by going beyond crisis management, examining the root causes of the current problems and building a more promising future together.” “The war in Gaza is still ongoing and there are concerns about further escalation. In Davos we will bring the main stakeholders and we will also see how to avoid further deterioration and what awaits us, because we also have to bring some positive aspects,” said Borge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum, presenting the event to the press. “In a time when global challenges require urgent solutions – added Brende – an innovative collaboration between public and private is needed to transform ideas into actions, the meeting will serve to accelerate cooperation, deepening ties between leaders and between initiatives “.