World's largest brainstorming session mulls challenges of 2011

14:01, November 30, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Global power shifts, an uncertain economic recovery, population growth, inequality and resource shortages loom as the leading issues facing the world over the next 12 to 18 months, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils.

These trends were revealed by a survey of almost 600 global experts that form the 72 Global Agenda Councils, including leaders from business, academia, civil society, government and other walks-of-life. The Councils have gathered in Dubai for the world's largest brainstorming session over the next three days.

"I felt gratified by the survey results because they show that the international community is focused on the right issues and that it is on the right track to address them," said John Lipsky, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Washington, D.C.

Mari Elka Pangestu, Minister of Trade of Indonesia, and Zhang Yunling, Director, International Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), People's Republic of China, both cited the G20 and some of its recent decisions as a prime example of the shift in power from developed to emerging countries.

"This means a greater role for emerging economies in global bodies like the G20," said Pangestu. "Development issues made it into the Seoul Declaration."

Zhang said in the past, global governance was done by the developed countries through the G8 or G7.

"Now we have the G20," Zhang said. "I am not sure if the G20 can meet all of the global concerns, but the fact that the G20 has replaced the G8 means that there will be more emphasis on the interests of the developing world."

Lipsky said rapid growth in the emerging economies is the only way that poverty will be eliminated and greater equality achieved.

"The emerging economies move towards a new growth model that is more inclusive," Zhang said. "This new growth model should also focus on clean management, the saving of energy and be environmentally-friendly."

The Summit on the Global Agenda 2010 is a unique gathering of the Forum's Network of Global Agenda Councils, the world's most relevant thought leaders from academia, business, government and society.

During the three-day Summit, over 600 participants are engaging in interactive workshops and sessions to set priorities for the most compelling ideas to improve the state of the world and identify the latest trends, risks and innovative solutions to address the world's challenges.

The Co-Chairs of the 2010 meeting are Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, and Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director-General, Department of Economic Development, and Government of Dubai.

BY Lucy Jay-Kennedy, WEF

(Editor:张心意)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion