In an edition that for the first time will take place entirely remotely, Alberto Fernández will participate this week in the World Economic Forum in Davos, one of the most influential private centers of the world economy, geopolitics and business.
This year’s edition. under the theme of “The Great Reboot”, will focus on global risks, with specific attention to the evolution of the pandemic. According to Klaus Schwab, the Forum’s founder, “the pandemic represents an unusual and rare opportunity to reflect, re-imagine and restart our world and forge a healthier, more equitable and more prosperous future.”
On Thursday, at 4:30 pm in Argentina, it will be the turn of the “special speech” of the Argentinean president, presented by Borge Brende, real president of the Forum, former minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry of Norway and factotum of an initiative called “Global Action Group”. Brende is a prophet of cooperation, a concept that the president often invokes when talking about international issues and with which he will feel very comfortable, although perhaps less foolish than another leit-motiv of this year’s edition: trust.
The Forum opened this Sunday with the presentation of the “Global Risk Report 2021), a calamity forecast based on the provisional calculation of losses derived from the pandemic, the impact of which resulted, by case, in the loss of 495 million jobs in the second quarter of 2020 alone, and only 28 of the more than 200 countries in the world saw their GDP grow. A survey commissioned by the Forum found that 60 respondents from around the world identified “infectious diseases” and a “crisis in livelihoods” as the two greatest global threats.
The human and economic costs of covid-19, the Report says, threaten to reverse years of progress in reducing poverty and inequality and weakening global social cohesion and cooperation. The ramifications of the crisis, in terms of social unrest, political fragmentation and geopolitical tension, it continues, may dent the response to “other key risks of the next decade: cyber-attacks, weapons of mass destruction and especially climate change”.
In fact, according to the study, “extreme climates” (droughts, floods, etc) boy considered the risks with the highest probability of occurrence in this decade, together with the “concentration of digital power, digital inequality and failure of cybersecurity systems”, while the “highest impact” would continue to be infectious diseases.
The report catalogs the trick risks different time horizons. The most imminent – at two years – child employment and livelihood crisis, widespread youth disillusionment, digital inequality, economic stagnation, environmental damage, erosion of social cohesion and terrorist attacks. In three and five years, financial bubbles, price instability, commodity shocks, debt crisis and the “geopolitization” of resources will be crouched. And in 5 to 10 years, the report points to a loss of biodiversity, a natural resource crisis, the failure of aircrafts to stop the climate crisis, and the collapse of states and institutions