The World Economic Forum convened its 53rd Annual Meeting in January to reaffirm the value and imperative of dialogue and public-private cooperation, not only to navigate the current cascading crises but, more importantly, to drive tangible, system-positive change for the long term. Finding ways to reinstitute a collective sense of agency and to turn defensive measures into proactive, vision-driven policies and business strategies was at the heart of the meeting. The magnitude of current crises and the potential of future ones demands no less.
At the meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres referred to one of our statistics during his special address, saying that “we are using 1.6 planets, but we have only one planet to use.” However, this statistic was pulled from an outdated study; today, we are using 1.75 planets. Listen in on his mention of this statistic at minute 25:30 in the recording of his special address.