The “Peace Formula” conference is attended by security advisers and senior officials from around 70 countries. By the end of 2022, Zelensky had laid out ten principles for a lasting peace with his Peace Formula, which included, among others, the withdrawal of all parts of Russia and the punishment of Moscow. The conferences primarily serve to keep Ukraine's allies in line. The most recent of these meetings took place in Malta in October.
In addition to Zelensky, key political speakers at Monday's first forum included Chinese Premier Li Qian, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Commission President Ursula van der Leyen. Also expected are Argentina's new president, Javier Millay, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
The annual meeting is being held for the 54th time. This year it takes place from 15th to 19th January. 2,800 participants from 120 countries are represented. Founded in 1971 by the German Klaus Schwab, the WEF sees itself as a platform for collaboration between companies and public bodies for the benefit of humanity.
From climate crisis to cyber attacks
Geopolitical tensions are higher this year than they have been in decades, said WEF President Borge Brende. “The only way is to come together and find a solution,” he said. Companies played an important role in this. He mentioned the agreement between well-known companies who have pledged to use their purchasing power to ensure the necessary demand for green products and solutions. In addition to the wars in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip, Brende cited potential new pandemics, climate change and cyber attacks as other challenges.
Mirek Dusek, one of the WEF executive directors, spoke about the “geopolitical depression”: “We believe that to deal effectively with this new reality, we need to restore confidence.” WEF does its best to initiate and explore dialogue. Solutions to highlight systemic issues. Dealing with artificial intelligence is also an important topic. Governments need to address this urgently so as not to lag behind in technological development.
Misinformation is one of the biggest dangers worldwide
AI-driven disinformation influencing elections is one of the world's biggest risks in the next two years, according to a WEF report released on Wednesday. “Misinformation and misinformation are the biggest short-term risks, while extreme weather and critical changes in Earth systems are the biggest long-term challenges,” it said.
The widespread use of disinformation and the tools used to spread it “may undermine the legitimacy of newly elected governments,” according to a study ahead of the annual World Economic Forum, which brings together top representatives of international politics and business in the Swiss Alps. Resort of Davos.
Spreads concern about cost of living
Elections are scheduled over the next two years in several major economies, including the United States, Russia, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United Kingdom. According to the survey, nearly three billion people worldwide have been invited to vote. According to the survey, “concerns about the ongoing cost of living crisis”, multiple armed conflicts and social polarization dominate the risk outlook for 2024.
WEF Executive Director Sadia Zahidi said, “World leaders must come together to address short-term crises and lay the foundations for a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive future.” Developed in partnership with consultancy firm Marsh McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group, the survey takes into account the assessments of around 1,400 international risk experts, political decision makers and industry leaders.