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Davos 2024: Does the World Economic Forum Have a Purpose?
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an annual event in Davos, Switzerland, where prominent business leaders, politicians and academics from around the world gather to address pressing global challenges and promote international collaboration.

In this year of increasing fragmentation and polarization, more than 400 different sessions and seminars enabled the nearly 3,000 participants to attend presentations and debates in the Alpine resort from January 15-19, 2024. Plenary sessions offered the opportunity to hear live from heads of state and government, along with ministers (more than 50 and 300 in attendance, respectively), heads of multilateral organizations and other political leaders, as well as Nobel laureates, renowned artists, scientists and innovative entrepreneurs.

The annual meeting in the Swiss Alps – this was the 54th – has sometimes been an opportunity to reach agreements of historic significance. In 1989 Davos hosted talks on German reunification between Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl and East German leaders. In 1992, Frederik de Klerk and Nelson Mandela shared the stage in their first appearance together outside South Africa. Also, in 1995, the agreement on Gaza and Jericho between Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat, signed before the eyes of the participants and sealed with an embrace, drew thunderous applause from the assembly. However, in recent years, Davos has mostly come to the fore as the place where conflict becomes evident. In 2009, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan left the stage after a violent discussion on Gaza with Israeli President Shimon Peres.
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