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Agenda Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address top global meet

Intro: A pioneering mobilisation of global leaders to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in this challenging new context

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the top world leaders who will participate in the online Davos Agenda Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The online event, being held from January 25 to 29, will also see participation by other political and business leaders.

Union ministers who will be participating include Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry, and Minister of Railways; Narendra Singh Tomar, the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Nitin Gadkari, the Minister for Road Transport and Highways; Smriti Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development; and Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Steel.

Business leaders including Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Sanjiv Bajaj, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Ajit Gulabchand, Shobana Kamineni, Hemant Kanoria, S.P. Lohia, Pawan Munjal and Sumant Sinha are registered participants in the event.

Interestingly, the online Davos Agenda Summit will see many heads of state and government address top political and business leaders from around the globe and engage in dialogue with business leaders.

According to WEF, leaders who have confirmed their participation include, besides Mr Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, South Korea President Moon Jae-in, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

Crucial Year to Rebuild Trust

The theme of the event is: A Crucial Year to Rebuild Trust. The meeting will focus on creating impact, rebuilding trust and shaping the policies and partnerships needed in 2021.

“In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to reset priorities and the urgency to reform systems have been growing stronger around the world,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF. “Rebuilding trust and increasing global cooperation are crucial to fostering innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery. 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.”

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According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that no institution or individual alone can address the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges of our complex, interdependent world. “The pandemic has accelerated systemic changes that were apparent before its inception. The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear as critical crossroads in 2021. The Davos Agenda will help leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year.”

The five programme themes are: Designing cohesive, sustainable, resilient economic systems (25 January); Driving responsible industry transformation and growth (26 January); Enhancing stewardship of the global commons (27 January); Harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (28 January); and Advancing global and regional cooperation (29 January).

The first day, January 25, sees Special Addresses, Leadership Panels and Impact Sessions on Designing cohesive, sustainable and resilient economic systems. The second day will focus on Driving responsible industry transformation and growth. Special addresses, Leadership panels and Impact sessions on Enhancing stewardship of our global commons will be the theme on January 27. The next day will see, besides special addresses and leadership panels, sessions on Harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. And the final day features sessions on global and regional cooperation.

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Time to rebuild trust

“The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear as critical crossroads in 2021,” says a WEF spokesperson. “The time to rebuild trust and to make crucial choices is fast approaching as the need to reset priorities and the urgency to reform systems grow stronger around the world.”

The Davos Agenda is a pioneering mobilisation of global leaders to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in this challenging new context, adds the spokesperson. “It is essential for leaders from all walks of life to work together virtually for a more inclusive, cohesive and sustainable future as soon as possible in 2021. To this end, the World Economic Forum has served for more than 50 years as a trusted platform where leaders from business, government, international organizations, civil society and academia convene to address critical issues at the start of each year.”

The week-long global programming by WEF will be dedicated to helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year.

The Davos Agenda will also mark the launch of the WEF’s Great Reset Initiative and begin the preparation of the Special Annual Meeting in spring. Each day will focus on one of the five domains of the Great Reset Initiative:

The event aims to inform the global public and its 25 million-plus social media followers on the key issues shaping the year ahead. It will also engage over 430 cities in 150 countries that host Global Shapers, a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change. More than 20,000 members of TopLink, its digital interaction platform, and over 400,000 subscribers to Strategic Intelligence, its world-leading knowledge app, will also be active online throughout the week’s programme.

And the Forum’s core communities, including its International business council, will share their insight and recommendations from global, regional and industry initiatives in impact sessions. Over 1,500 government, business and civil society leaders from more than 70 countries are expected to join the online summit.

The Davos Agenda will also mark the launch of several WEF initiatives to accelerate the race to net-zero emissions, champion new standards for racial justice, ensure artificial intelligence is developed ethically and in the global public interest and to close the digital divide.

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