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or over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme.
We live in a fast-paced and interconnected world, where breakthrough technologies, demographic shifts and political transformations have far-reaching societal and economic consequences. More than ever, leaders need to share insights and innovations on how best to navigate the future. The Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, on 21-24 January 2015, remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas.
Based on the principle that a multistakeholder, systemic and future-oriented approach is essential in this new context, the issues to be addressed through sessions, taskforces and private meetings at the Annual Meeting 2015 include:
> The Global Agenda
The Annual Meeting 2015 is where 250 top political leaders gather to discuss with the heads of international organizations and with business leaders how global governance can be improved through public-private cooperation. These discussions will be prepared in close collaboration with the respective international organizations, aimed at providing substantial, yet informal, input into major global processes.
> The Economic Agenda
The Annual Meeting 2015 aims to convene all of the main stakeholders entrusted with delivering sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Top-of-mind will be how to meet expectations in the face of lower global growth and looming geopolitical risks. The presence of key economic decision-makers, such as the G20 finance ministers and heads of central banks, will ensure the highest possible impact of the Annual Meeting.
> The Regional Agenda
The Annual Meeting 2015 will explore in depth the social and political transformations occurring in all regions of the world. Emphasis will again be on the key actors, policies and structures that are pivotal in addressing a wide range of regional and national challenges. The informal interaction of political leaders from around the world creates unique opportunities for renewed progress on major issues. As in the past, the Annual Meeting will offer many private opportunities to discuss specific trade and investment-related issues in various national and regional contexts.
> The Industry and Business Agenda
The Annual Meeting 2015 is the world’s leading platform for strategic insights into the future evolution of industry ecosystems and business models, particularly in the context of scientific, technological and policy innovations. The informal interaction of industry leaders with their peers from government enables innovative ideas and proposals to be acted on by building trust and by identifying delivery gaps. Each industry will engage in strategic dialogues that map the trends, drivers and opportunities transforming their industry, globally and regionally.
> The Future Agenda
The Annual Meeting will explore the ideas, innovations and discoveries that will reshape our world by working closely with those at the vanguard of change from such fields as the arts, media, medicine, science and technology. “New Champions”, representing leaders of the Millennial Generation, will play a significant role in the design and development of the various sessions focusing on the future.