- WEF Announces Themes for Davos 2023 – Theme #4: “Preparing for the Next Pandemic”
Davos 2022 held last May was the first in-person Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum since January 2020. Davos 2023, running from 16-20 January, marks a return to the January event.
Entitled “Cooperation in a Fragmented World,” the meeting will be about:
‘The world today is at a critical inflection point. The sheer number of ongoing crises calls for bold collective action. ‘The Annual Meeting will convene leaders from government, business, and civil society to address the state of the world and discuss priorities for the year ahead.
‘It will provide a platform to engage in constructive, forward-looking dialogues and help find solutions through public-private cooperation.‘
According to WEF, the themes that emerged during the 2022 meeting have shaped the intervening months and provide essential reading ahead of Davos 2023. The 6 main topics for 2023 will be:
- Ukraine shines a light on importance of global cooperation
- Three interconnected crises – climate, food, energy
- Don’t use ‘Recession’ (but it might be coming anyway)
- Preparing for the next pandemic requires ending health disparities
- Gender, inequality and Jobs of Tomorrow
- ‘Our future is digital’
This comes shortly after “Catastrophic Contagion” (the sequel to Event 201) held last October. The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in partnership with WHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, conducted Catastrophic Contagion, a pandemic tabletop exercise at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on October 23, 2022.
The new virus was called S.E.E.R.S – Severe Epidemic Enterovirus Respiratory Syndrome 2025… Here a video: (top of post)