DAVOS, Switzerland ( Associated Press) – The World Economic Forum is back with its first winter meeting since 2020 in the Swiss alpine city of Davos, where leaders try to bridge political divides in a polarized world, shore up a faltering economy Let’s apply and remove concerns about it. Climate change, among many other things.
The sessions will cover a wide range of topics such as future of fertilizers, role of sports in society, COVID-19 pandemic situation and much more. About 600 CEOs and more than 50 heads of state or government are expected, but it’s never clear how many concrete acts emerge from the elite event.
Here’s what to expect as the four-day debate and related deals take place on Tuesday:
who will go?
Back on the ice for the first time since the pandemic and just eight months after the 2022 spring session, the event will be attended by European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the United States’ climate envoy, John Kerry, and the new president of South Africa. Korea, Colombia and the Philippines.
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will attend the meeting on Tuesday, a day before her first meeting with her US counterpart, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, in Zurich. Yellen will not be in Davos
Nor do US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron. And Russian President Vladimir Putin, of course.
Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska will speak from Davos on Tuesday, while her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky, will deliver a remote speech on Wednesday.
prioritizing the climate
A key climate issue emerging from the forum panel sessions is the energy transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Former US Vice President Al Gore will speak on decarbonisation, efforts to build clean energy infrastructure and ensuring a smooth transition.
Elite gatherings are regularly criticized by detractors, who argue that attendees are too disconnected or take into account profit or power when addressing the needs of ordinary people and the planet.
Courtney Bonnell and Dana Beltazzi contributed to this report from London.