Next week, the world’s political and economic elites return to Davos, two years after the World Economic Forum suspended its attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for a meeting dominated by the war in Ukraine.
The last meeting of World Economic Forum leaders to attend the Swiss mountain ski resort dates back to January 2020.
Meanwhile, a mysterious illness appeared to appear in China, raising fears, but the world’s attention was more focused on the verbal confrontation between US President Donald Trump and climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The world has changed since then, with the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic on a large scale, shocking the global economy, Joe Biden arriving at the White House after Trump failed to win a second term, the global logistics chain was interrupted while inflation is growing, and the Russian attack on Ukraine.
With the epidemic returning to resurgence, the 2022 World Economic Forum could not be held on its usual January date, but the founder of this event, Klaus Schwab, believes that the current version, which takes place under the motto “the history at a critical time”, “comes at the most appropriate and important time” since the Forum’s inception more than fifty years ago.
Schwab said during a briefing this week that “Russian aggression … will remain in the history books as the collapse of the system that was born after World War II and the Cold War,” stressing that the forum will do everything in his power to support Ukraine and its reconstruction.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will be the first president to give a speech, and he will go to the forum via video link, in which many Ukrainian political officials will participate.
And if the shadow of the conflict in Ukraine will cast a shadow over the forum, the program also includes discussions on a variety of topics ranging from climate change and soaring energy prices to fears of a global food crisis and gender inequality. women or even football. and the world of the “Metaverse”.