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World leaders go to Davos online and in Singapore

Davos is a popular ski resort in Switzerland. In January, many politicians and businessmen, as well as thinkers, gather there to discuss important issues.

Among others, Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough spoke at the World Economic Forum about measures to protect the planet, and Jack Ma about artificial intelligence.

Due to the new coronavirus, the forum for influential people has also moved online.

The Swedish teenager, who recently became an adult, addressed the gathered influential people again this year. She reminded them that they are still ignoring the climate crisis that is resulting from their actions in the past.

»I am here to remind you of the promises you have made to your children and grandchildren and to tell you that we are not prepared to accept compromises,« she told them.

In last January, the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China was also discussed in Davos, but not much attention was paid to it.

That, it seems, was not a wise decision. The new coronavirus has spread around the world in one year, claiming a huge number of lives, causing a lot of economic damage and transforming many things.

No one flew to Davos this year because of it. World leaders, who used to like to socialize informally, are now using calls and chat rooms to discuss what the world will be like after corona. This method is not so welcoming for some, and therefore the forum was attended by far fewer guests than in previous years.

Its organizers are still planning a live meeting – only it will no longer be in Davos, but in Singapore.

The relocation of the World Economic Forum to Asia suggests that corona has redistributed the power of the world’s superpowers.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has already announced in Davos that his country will be at the forefront of those fighting climate change in the future.

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The original version of this article was published on January 28th.

English translation courtesy of JL FlannerTotal Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.

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