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WEF Press Release: World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2022 Deferred

London, Monday, 20 December 2021

The landmark event of global political, business, cultural and other benchmark for global society, affairs, in Davos, is deferred for early summer.

A spokesperson for the World Economic Forum told The Decision Maker earlier in the day that this is a necessary action due to the outbreak of omicron variant of covid-19.

The health and safety of all parties involved is always a priority, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, said in a Press Release statement earlier today.

Full Press Release:

Geneva, 20 December 2021 – The World Economic Forum will defer its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in the light of continued uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak.

The Annual Meeting was scheduled to take place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland between 17-21 January, 2022. It is now planned for early summer.

Participants will instead join a headline series of State of the World sessions bringing together global leaders online to focus on shaping solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Current pandemic conditions make it extremely difficult to deliver a global in-person meeting. Preparations have been guided by expert advice and have benefited from the close collaboration of the Swiss government at all levels.

Despite the meeting’s stringent health protocols, the transmissibility of Omicron and its impact on travel and mobility have made deferral necessary.

The health and safety of everyone involved in physical meetings – participants, collaborators and the host community – have always been the Forum’s priority.

“The deferral of the Annual Meeting will not prevent progress through continued digital convening of leaders from business, government and civil society,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “Public-private cooperation has moved forward throughout the pandemic and that will continue apace. We look forward to bringing global leaders together in person soon.”

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