Davos kicks off officially today

2,500 participants from 23-27 January to discuss “Resilient dynamism”


US actress Charlize Theron, founder Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, one of three artists awarded prizes during the Crystal award ceremony an opening evening event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 22 January 2013
(photo ©2013, WEF, swiss-image.ch/Mirko Ries)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Davos 100 years ago, on the world stage, was mainly a place to recover from tuberculosis, then it came into its own as an Alpine ski resort in the same corner of Switzerland as St Moritz and Klosters.

For the past 43 years, it has come to be associated in many minds with the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where heads of state, company heads and others considered leaders in their fields meet formally and less formally in and around the town.

The WEF, based in Geneva, now does far more than organize one world-class meeting a year. It organizes a number of other forums around the world, publishes reports including its annual Global Competitiveness Report and Global Risk Report. In recent years it has moved the forum out of the meeting rooms and into its guests’ electronic personal contacts systems by making high-powered guests members of an elite network that functions year round.

But the WEF meeting in Davos remains the kingpin of non-profit organization’s system, and an annual party watched closely by world media. It is rich in formal speeches and organized meetings, but the appeal of Davos to the media remains the largely inaccessible information about who said what to whom behind closed doors. And that remains part of its appeal to leaders: the option to have such meetings with other leaders and to pique the curiosity of those who report on them.

How the public can follow the forum

The 2013 version of Davos offers the public a less confusing viewing and listening experience, after a few years of over-reaching to use then-new social media and new technologies. Our recommended starting point: http://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2013

Here’s how the organizers suggest you stay informed:

Watch live webcasts of sessions and on demand
Watch opinions and analysis of key sessions
Watch the sessions on demand on YouTube at http://wef.ch/youtube or http://wef.ch/youku
Become a fan of the Forum on Facebook
Read the summaries of sessions
Follow the Forum on Twitter at http://wef.ch/twitter and http://wef.ch/livetweet (hashtag #WEF)
Read the Forum:Blog
Follow the Forum on Google+

Davos 2013 basics

  • more than 2,500 participants from 100-plus countries
  • participants include nearly 50 heads of state and government, with addresses by Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy
  • international organizations taking part are sending their biggest names, including:
  • more than 1,500 business leaders are taking part
  • the Middle East will feature: Among the leaders will be the prime ministers of Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. The current situation in the Levant will be another key element. The programme will feature contributions by Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; the Lebanese prime minister; the Palestinian prime minister; and the president of Israel. The prime minister of Qatar will provide his insight and address the economic and social priorities of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.”