World Economic Forum Davos: What to know

The world’s top leaders from politics, business, civil society and the media will gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the 2022 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

The event will take place from May 22-26, when nearly 2,500 public figures come together to address global issues and find solutions to pressing challenges. This is the first annual in-person meeting hosted by the World Economic Forum in more than two years.

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The Davos Congress Center, home of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 19, 2020.

Davos 2022 focuses on the theme “History at a Tipping Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies”. A variety of topics will be addressed, including the COVID-19 pandemic, global conflicts, economic uncertainty, and climate change.

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Among those to head the forum is Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who will address the summit virtually from kyiv.

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the Ukrainian people from kyiv on February 25, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

“The war in Ukraine and the resulting tragedy call for global moral action,” say Gayle Markovitz and Beatrice Di Caro of the World Economic Forum. “Leaders will address urgent security and humanitarian challenges while simultaneously advancing longstanding economic, environmental and social priorities, while reinforcing the foundations of a stable global system.”

US climate envoy John Kerry, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are also expected to deliver remarks at the five-day event.

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In the last two years, the forum has worked to strengthen various initiatives. These include the Recycling Revolution, an initiative to provide one billion people with better education, skills and jobs by 2030, along with the 1 Trillion Trees initiative, to protect the planet’s forests and restore ecosystems.

German Klaus Schwab, founder and president of the World Economic Forum, gestures during a press conference, January 16, 2013.

The forum’s founder, Klaus Schwab, says this year’s meeting in Davos will be “the most timely and consistent” in its more than 50-year history.

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