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What role does Davos play in a world gone virtual?

The World Economic Forum's Sarita Nayyar joins this week to discuss this year's agenda

The Swiss winter resort town of Davos is eerily quiet.

Typically the convening place and playground of the global elite for a week every January, this year the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting has gone online.

To discuss the forum’s agenda and impact, managing director Sarita Nayyar joins co-hosts Mustafa Alrawi and Kelsey Warner.

She says the pandemic has demonstrated that no institution or individual alone can address the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges in isolation, echoing the comments of forum founder Klaus Schwab.

Mr Schwab said 2021 is a “mobilisation year” where it is vital that everyone to work together to rebuild the world – and public trust – in the face of Covid-19.

To help address the systemic changes brought about by the crisis, the Davos Agenda aims to offer leaders innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year.

These solutions centre on five themes: designing cohesive, sustainable, resilient economic systems; driving responsible industry transformation and growth; enhancing stewardship of the global commons; harnessing the technologies of the fourth Industrial Revolution; and advancing global and regional co-operation.

“This unique meeting will be an opportunity for leaders to outline their vision and address the most important issues of our time, such as the need to accelerate job creation and to protect the environment,” Mr Shwab said.

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Updated: January 27, 2021 06:48 PM

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