World Economic Forum to convene nearly 3,000 leaders from 117 countries this year

Baku, January 15, AZERTAC

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, convening under the theme “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”, will bring together nearly 3,000 leaders from 117 countries including 53 heads of state and government.

The meeting, taking place on 21-24 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, will focus on establishing stakeholder capitalism as a way of addressing the world’s greatest challenges, from societal divisions created by income inequality and political polarization to the climate crisis.

Underpinning the meeting will be the Davos Manifesto 2020. This document builds on the original Davos Manifesto of 1973, which set out for the first time the stakeholder concept that businesses should serve the interests of all society rather than simply their shareholders.

Building on the Manifesto 2020, this year’s programme focuses on achieving maximum impact on the Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation across six core areas of activity: Ecology, Economy, Society, Industry, Technology and Geopolitics.

Among the initiatives to be launched at the Annual Meeting is one that aims to plant 1 trillion trees over the next decade and to equip 1 billion people with the necessary skills in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

US President Donald Trump, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez, President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and other leaders will attend this year’s Forum. Heads of countries and governments of Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Pakistan, Iraq, Singapore, Ecuador, Colombia, Jordan and others are also expected to participate in the Forum.

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