The 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) will be held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from Jan 22-25, 2014.
The theme for this year – ‚ÄúThe Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business,‚Äù has a heavy focus on sustainable development.
Davos typically attracts a lot of attention every year because of the star power of the large number of world leaders and personalities the WEF attracts.
The WEF program this year also has a lot of time set aside for sustainability issues and trends. One session on the ‚ÄúThe Reshaping of Globalization‚Äù will look at it from three angles including regulatory reforms, regionalism and the sustainability imperative.
Another one on the ‚ÄúFuture of Extractives‚Äù looks at how the resource industry can drive growth despite rising concerns about environmental deprivation and scarcity. A climate change session looks at the environmental, social and economic impact of a four degree celsius change in temperature.
Another session on ‚ÄúRethinking our Sustainable Future‚Äù will feature experts in urban design, advanced manufacturing and climate science debating and discussing how technology, science and design are moving us towards a utopian world.
One session has three ‚ÄúYoung Global Leaders‚Äù giving short talks about building smart eco-cities. Participants will learn about building a city from scratch, running a sustainable city, and about green energy and entrepreneurship.
Attendees at a session called ‚ÄúThe DNA of Sustainable Business‚Äù will find out what it takes to be a high-performance, environmentally sustainable company. Another one looks at the ‚ÄúCivic Role of Business‚Äù to find out how the private sector helps stabilize societies undergoing economic transitions.
A session developed in partnership with the Associated Press looks at carrying the post-2015 development goals from vision to action, with a focus on ending extreme poverty, transforming economies with inclusive growth and jobs, and putting sustainable development at the core.
The point persons for the United States at Davos are likely to be EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.
Administrator McCarthy will discuss the steps the U.S. is taking to reduce carbon pollution, and the potential market opportunities, job creation and innovation that climate change action can trigger. Secretary Lew will meet with international counterparts and discuss economic developments and policies to boost U.S. and global growth.