Please find below an overview of the global media and social media coverage of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019.
Key impacts from the Annual Meeting include:
This webpage will show you the impacts, highlights and key outcomes of the meeting in detail, with a focus on public engagement, including media coverage, content from the World Economic Forum’s social media channels, reports, webcast sessions and press conferences.
Globalization 4.0 is the stage of globalization that takes place under the rapid technology changes brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This year’s Annual Meeting focused on Shaping a Global Architecture during this new era of globalization by looking at global, regional and industry agendas and focusing them on shaping the future in a constructive, collaborative way.
How do we save the planet without killing economic growth?Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean, UNSG
Can you be a patriot and a global citizen?Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand
What should work look like in the future?Sinéad Burke, Founder, Sinéad Burke
How do we make sure technology makes life better not worse?Mohammed Hassan Mohamud, Zonal Chairman, Kakuma Refugee Camp
How do we create a fairer economy?Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
How do we get countries working together better?Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive, The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019 received more than 177,000 media mentions around the world.
Unique visitors to weforum.org during the Annual Meeting 2019 by age and gender. Forty-five percent of visitors were under the age of 35.
The global media coverage from the Annual Meeting 2019 spread on social media platforms, as readers shared and engaged with the content on platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. More than 177,000 media stories were shared more than 1 million times. This year we also collaborated with iQiyi to expand our live audience, which resulted in 26 million views from China in addition to 1.8 million Instagram views and 2.6 million minutes watched on YouTube.
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The 2019 Annual Meeting brought people together from around the world to discuss how we can address some of the world’s most pressing problems. Below are examples of some of the discussions that stood out.”
Mental Health MattersJan 23
Training Grandmothers to Treat DepressionJan 25
Loneliness: An Epidemic?
Davos CEOs open up on mental health – and the toxic toll of our connected lives(Agenda) Jan 24
Three ways the world must tackle mental health(Agenda) Jan 16
The power of digital tools to transform mental healthcare(Agenda) Jan 8
Special Address by Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of GermanyJan 23
Special Address by Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of JapanJan 23
Special Address by Jair Bolsonaro, President of BrazilJan 22
Special Address by Wang Qishan, Vice-President of the People's Republic of ChinaJan 23
Special Address by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United NationsJan 24
Special Session with Michael Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United StatesJan 22
A Conversation with Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of EthiopiaJan 23
A Conversation with Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of AustriaJan 24
What's happening in Venezuela? Davos experts explain(Agenda) Jan 24
Each year at the Annual Meeting our participants from many different communities collaborate and partner on many important initiatives. These meetings produce outcomes and actions that are continued throughout the year. A selection of our 2019 impacts are highlighted below and in our closing press release.
Explore the 33 impacts
Prime Minister Abe of Japan used a special address to commit his country’s G20 Chairmanship to launch an agenda for global data governance. Abe said that the process, dubbed the Osaka track, would work the auspices of the World Trade Organization.
A group of 70-plus countries confirmed intentions to commence WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of e-commerce following a ministerial meeting in the margins of the Annual Meeting on Friday 25 January. Shortly before, members of the Forum’s business and civil society trade community issued a statement calling for a new digital trade deal that should be both ambitious and inclusive. The community urged governments to move forward with this agenda at the WTO in order to reduce costs and facilitate greater participation in the global digital economy.
The leaders of Brazil, Colombia and Peru, along with the Foreign Minister of Canada, used a joint statement Wednesday to offer their countries backing to Mr Juan Guiado, leader of Veneuzuela’s opposition-controlled Parliament after he had declared himself Interim President. A day earlier, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez, called on Mr Guiado to take action.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, used his appearance at the Annual Meeting to commit his country to democracy. Ghani used his address to remind participants that Afghanistan has passed 390 new laws since 2015 and significantly increased the number of women in politics.
The President of Azerbaijan and Prime Minister of Armenia used a meeting at the World Economic Forum to advance negotiations on the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The government of the UK announced a five-year plan to tackle the global threat of antimicrobial resistance. The plan envisages containing and controlling AMR worldwide by 2040.
The Forum continued multistakeholder diplomacy dialogues aimed at advancing peace efforts on other key global fault-lines including the Western Balkans and Syria. The Forum also convened a public-private community of leaders for a Special Dialogue on Israeli-Palestinian relations. With the help of Prime Minister Abiy of Ethiopia, a diplomatic dialogue was held on the Horn of Africa.
Discussions were also initiated on the Sahel, the Korean Peninsula, European-Russian relations and on a new development architecture for Africa-Europe engagement.
Many of these conversations will be pursued and further advanced in our upcoming Meeting in the Dead Sea, Jordan on 6-7 April, which we have decided to turn into a global summit for peace and reconciliation.
The Forum’s Closing the Skills Gap Initiative, launched in 2017 with a target to reskill or upskill 10 million workers by 2020, announced it has already secured pledges for training more than 17 million people globally, 6.4 million of whom have already been re-skilled. The Forum also announced that the initiative is now supporting public private partnerships aimed at promoting future skills in four countries: Argentina, India, Oman and South Africa.
The Forum also announced it was expanding its network of Closing the Gender Gap national taskforces to eight countries; Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Panama and Peru.
Voice for the Planet, a global campaign to build a movement for a new deal for nature and people, was launched on Tuesday during a plenary with President Al Gore, Prime Minister Ardern of New Zealand and Anand Mahindra of Mahindra. The campaign, powered by the Global Shapers community, garnered over 21,000 individual pledges within 48 hours.
The Forum’s Centre for Global Public Goods helped launch a $15 million project to launch a formal electronic waste recycling industry in Nigeria. The amount of e-waste generated each year is set to more than double by 2050 and already is a major environmental hazard as well as health risk for millions of people working and living on close proximity to waste sites. The scheme in Nigeria is backed by $2 million in funding from the Global Environment Facility which will be leveraged by $13 million of financing from business.
Peru joined the Forum’s Tropical Forest Alliance in a bid to help the country achieve its target of reducing deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. The country is home to the second largest area of Amazonian forest after Brazil.
Five Asian countries dump more plastic into oceans than anyone else combined. The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) announced its first national partnership in Indonesia to be launched March 12, 2019. Vietnam, 2020 ASEAN Chair, has also joined GPAP committing to a circular economy approach to tackle plastic pollution.
The Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network, established in 2017, announced it had grown to more than 100 businesses and governments, including five G7 nations. UNICEF, OHCHR and WFP became the first international organizations to join.
Meanwhile, the Network also welcomed the countries of Colombia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates as Affiliated Centres for the Fourth Industrial Revolution -- independent institutions committed to helping shape and pilot policies for emerging technology, such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain.
The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh announced it was to adopt the Network’s Advanced Drone Operator’s Toolkit: a policy framework developed in collaboration with 10 civil aviation authorities, eight international governmental organizations and 23 private companies, including the governments of Rwanda and Switzerland. The move paves the way for Andhra Pradesh to scale up commercial drone activity.
The C4IR Japan launched a new global initiative focused on accelerating the responsible and sustainable development of smart cities – a coalition of G20 cities will be formed to help ensure that global smart city efforts are built upon a common set of human-centred principles and shared policy frameworks.
A pilot project to protect airports and other critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks was launched at the Annual Meeting. Willis Towers Watson will be the first to pilot.
Members of the Forum’s Platform for Good Digital Identity announced plans for supply chain pilots that bring together digital identity and digital payments to improve transparency, accelerate financial and digital inclusion of smallholder producers and directly rewarding them for sustainable practices.
The ID2020 Alliance launched a digital identity Certification Mark, to incentivise the design and use of digital identity solutions that adhere to the highest standards of privacy protection, user control and interoperability.
With financial backing from PACT and the Children’s Investment Fund and backed by 25 civil society organizations, the Forum launched a new initiative, Preparing Civil Society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aimed at helping civil society to meet the challenges presented to it by rapid technological change.
A group of international businesses teamed to launch Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality. Members of the Partnership agree to operationalize the UN’s LGBTI Standards of Conduct worldwide across their business by 2020. The Partnership plans to enlist at least 50 other member companies by 2020.
The Forum teamed with the World Bank and International Committee of the Red Cross to launch a High-Level Group on Humanitarian Investing to unlock private sector capital for investment in fragile economies.
25 global businesses announced they would work with Terracycle, a recycling specialist and Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, to launch the Loop Alliance Initiative, a new concept of reusable packaging. The scheme which will involve customers paying a refundable deposit for the durable packaging with no extra fee for collection, will recover the environmental costs of production after three or four uses.
The Wellcome Trust committed $200 million over 5 years to improving our basic understanding of depression and anxiety. The research will concentrate on psychological therapies that can be delivered early in life and early in the onset of illness, as mental health problems typically start at a young age.
A new public-private partnership was announced between the government of Ghana and Novartis to improve and extend the lives of sickle cell disease in the country. Approximately 1,000 children are born with SCD in Africa every day and over half die of before their fifth birthday.
The Global Youth Alliance was launched at the Annual Meeting by Facebook, Nestle and Nielsen to support skills for young people in emerging and developed countries.
Valuable 500, a new campaign aimed at releasing the social and economic potential of the 1.3 billion people around the world who live with a disability. This campaign will seek to sign up 500 global businesses to commit to putting disability on their board agendas in 2019.
Rwanda became the first African country to join Alibaba’s global trading platform, which is aimed at increasing ecommerce in emerging markets.
Google and SAP announced Circular Economy 2030, a $400,000 competition to support entrepreneurs that promote sustainable consumption and production.
Eight global universities committed to establish a new community, the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC) with the goal of collaborating on promoting measures the support the United Nations conventions on climate change and Sustainable Development Goals. The eight: Australian National University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Cambridge; Imperial College London; London School of Economics and Political Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Tokyo, and; Tsinghua University intend to include more universities in the coming years.
More than 3,000 people across multiple stakeholder groups participated in the 2019 Annual Meeting. These participants represent cultural, private-sector and public-sector leaders from more than 110 countries.
The World Economic Forum and the world's leading news organizations co-designed more than 30 televised panel sessions. This year’s Annual Meeting featured sessions from Al Arabiya, CCTV, CNBC, CNN, DW, Fox Business, France 24, The New York Times, NHK, Reuters, TIME Magazine and The Washington Post, among others.
Qualtrics opinion poll on Globalization 4.0
Rethinking Global Financial Risk
Meet the Co-chairs of the Annual Meeting 2019
The State of Public Opinion
A New Circular Vision for Electronics, Time for a Global Reboot
Emerging Markets Outlook
IMF World Economic Outlook
Ending the Corruption Crisis
Are we there yet? The status of LGBTI inclusion
More than GDP
Towards a Reskilling Revolution: Industry-Led Action for the Future of Work
Putting Europe's Union to the Test
The Value of Digital Identity for the Global Economy and Society
Gene Editing at the Crossroads
Press Conference with the President of South Africa
Female Leadership at a Tipping point
Governing Data in Our Daily Lives
Advanced Drone Operations Toolkit: Accelerating the Drone Revolution
Innovation with a Purpose: Improving Traceability in Food Value Chains through Technology Innovations
How competitive is Europe in the global innovation race?
Innovate Europe: Competing for Global Innovation Leadership
The Open Forum aims to encourage dialogue and spread awareness of issues critical to the global economy. It provides a platform on which ideas, thoughts and questions can be expressed and tackled in an open environment. The Open Forum Davos 2019 series provided an opportunity for the local Swiss community and public to join the conversation and engage with leading experts and decision-makers on some of today’s most pressing issues. This year 3,000 people joined the Open Forum in Davos. Sessions varied from tackling environmental questions to bridging science and society to addressing violence against women to deciding the future of Europe to fighting loneliness to a one-on-one session with Jane Goodall. The Open Forum team also collaborated with students from the local school in Davos, who co-designed the session: “Plastic Pollution: An End in Sight?”
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