Ukraine main topic for the powerful: Zelenskyj opens Davos – WEF President wants “Marshall Plan”
Created: 05/23/2022, 10:50 am
By: Cindy Boden
Russian delegations will not play a role at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2022 - Ukrainians even more so.
The reconstruction of Ukraine is also an issue.
Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos
: The meeting is marked by the Ukraine conflict, the Corona crisis and climate change.
The President of Ukraine will give the opening speech at around 11.15 a.m. at the WEF 2022.
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Davos - The Ukraine war is currently overshadowing all international meetings - the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is no exception.
The opening speech will be given on Monday (May 23) by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at 11:15 a.m.
It is switched on digitally.
Shortly afterwards, the Mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, and his brother Wladimir Klitschko will also be guests, from 12.30 p.m.
Representing Germany, Minister for Economic Affairs Robert Habeck (Greens) will first talk about how Germany intends to become less dependent on Russian energy.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) is scheduled to appear on Thursday.
WEF 2022 in Davos with Selenskyj: Meeting on Ukraine, Corona and climate change
At the four-day meeting in the Swiss Alps, almost 2,500 participants from politics, business and society discussed solutions to international problems.
The theme of the 2022 conference is "History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies".
The agenda includes the consequences of the war on supply chains, energy supply and food security.
Other global crises that are the focus of the meeting: the corona pandemic and climate change.
Volodymyr Zelenskyj, President of Ukraine, is connected at the World Economic Forum in Davos (archive image) © Ukraine Presidency/Ukraine Presi/Planet Pix via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
World Economic Forum in Davos: "We must already work on the reconstruction of Ukraine"
Even if there is no immediate end to the war in Ukraine in sight, debates about the reconstruction of the country are ongoing.
The President of the World Economic Forum, Børge Brende, has therefore called for a Marshall Plan.
"Even without a peace agreement, which is not very likely at the moment, we have to start working on reconstruction, at least in the areas that are under Ukrainian control," Brende told the
It's about infrastructure, electricity, schools, roads and bridges.
"We need a Marshall Plan for Ukraine."
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With the Marshall Plan, named after the then US Secretary of State George Marshall, the United States had supported reconstruction in Western Europe with billions in the years after the Second World War.
Brende said he wants to promote the call for such a plan at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
"We will also get the CEOs together for this - under the motto 'CEOs for Ukraine'." The private sector must also play an important role in the reconstruction of the country.
WEF 2022 in Davos: No Russian delegation at the annual conference
Because of the war, unlike usual, no Russian delegation will take part in the annual conference.
"Russia will be back if they comply with international law again," Brende announced.
Numerous Ukrainian politicians and foundations are represented.
Instead of the Russian House, there will be an exhibition that, according to the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, shows Russian war crimes.