- Our Annual Meeting in Davos 2022 has come to a close.
- From Ukraine to the economy, technology, health, and food and energy crises, here are 9 things to know.
Davos 2022 was a meeting of many firsts. Our first Annual Meeting in the Alpine spring, the first physical one since the outbreak of COVID-19, the first since the invasion of Ukraine, and the first meeting of global climate leaders since COP26.
If you've missed anything, here are 9 quick takeaways.
1. The war in Ukraine
We heard in countless sessions about the ongoing impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Olaf Scholz's message? We can't allow Russia to win this war. And on Thursday, political leaders from across Europe came together. Henry Kissinger advised, "diplomatic negotiations must be sensitive, informed and unilaterally strive for peace."
H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar, also said his country was ready to help find a peaceful solution to the war.
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2. The economy
Economics experts also discussed the global economy, with David M. Rubenstein explaining the link between recession and bananas (yes, bananas).
On Wednesday, Gita Gopinath said the war had been a 'major setback' to the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic but Kristalina Georgieva reminded us that the world has dealt with "unthinkable crisis after unthinkable crisis" and yet we remain resilient. "The next chapter must focus on building resilient people – backed up by education, health and social protection", she said.
3. The future of globalization?
It was a question that was hot on the lips of many as we gathered in Davos this year. So what was said?
We might be looking at the regionalization of globalization, according to two experts.
And on Wednesday, we asked if it was dead.
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4. Two crises: Food and energy
Food and energy security and two crises linked to the war in Ukraine were also high on the agenda this week.
Fatih Birol told us on Monday that it was the first truly global energy crisis, while on Wednesday Dmytro Kuleba warned that we face a multi-year food crisis if things don't change.
5. Climate change and the environment
Linked, of course, to energy is the environment. Birol told us that we shouldn't need to choose between a climate and energy crisis.
John Kerry, Bill Gates, Brad Smith, Mikael Damberg, Marc Benioff and Ruth Porat joined us to launch an expansion of the First Movers Coalition, Frans Timmerman said the Mediterranean could be the centre of the world's new energy supply, while Elizabeth Wathuti made an emotional appeal to global leaders.
It'll all need paying for, of course. Mark Carney told us: "We need an energy transformation on the scale of the industrial revolution at the speed of the digital transformation. And therefore we need a revolution in finance."
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6.The role of business and entrepreneurs
And Pfizer committed to providing all its current and future patent-protected medicines on a not-for-profit basis to 45 lower-income countries.
7. Health matters
Pfizer's announcement wasn't the only time we touched on health this week.
8. The future of work
For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about fundamental shifts for the working lives of many. So what next?
9. Technology and the metaverse
Technology underpinned so many conversations this week.