Posted January 26, 2009
Global Understanding


Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - The Open Forum Davos 2009, which runs in parallel to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009, is hosting a series of high-level discussions from 29-31 January on the issue of globalization and its effects. For the seventh year, the public is invited to debate with key figures from civil society, politics and business at the event in Davos-Klosters.

Leaders participating include Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006), President, Global Humanitarian Forum, and Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, who is on a panel discussion on environmental justice. Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Federal Councillor of Justice and Police of the Swiss Confederation, is tackling questions of euthanasia together with Thomas Wipf, President of the Council of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Switzerland.

Micheline Calmy-Rey, Federal Councillor of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, is introducing the topic “religion and human rights”. Other panellists include Swiss National Councillors Martine Brunschwig Graf, Andi Gross and Rudolf Rechsteiner; former Swiss National Councillor Rudolf Strahm; Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank Jean-Pierre Roth; President of Guyana Bharrat Jagdeo; UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier de Schutter; and Managing Director of the World Bank Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The Open Forum Davos 2009 has the following panels:

* Global Financial Crisis: What Lessons Should Be Learned?
* Is There a Solution for the Middle East?
* Religion and Human Rights – A Contradiction?
* Climate Justice: Basis of a New Global Solidarity? (Co-organized with the Global Humanitarian Forum)
* Live and Let Die
* Is the Right to Food an Illusion?
* The EU – Model without Citizens?

The Open Forum Davos 2009 sessions are open to the public. No registration is required. Since there is a limited number of seats, people will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. The sessions will be divided between a panel discussion and an open discussion with the audience.

* The Open Forum, co-organized by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and the World Economic Forum, runs parallel to the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters
* The Open Forum is open to the general public
* Discussions between key figures from business, politics and civil society will focus on globalization and its impact

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