Social issues top WEF's global agenda


“The World Economic Forum comes up with 10 key top trends for next year and each one is thoroughly discussed and analysed, and the forum seeks to put solutions out there to these top trends ranked by global significance,” Frontier Advisory’s chief executive Martyn Davies told CNBC Africa.

“The first one is this rising societal tensions in the Middle East and North Africa –  this, after all, is in the UAE and that’s obviously a local interpretation of what the major trend is globally. Secondly, is widening income disparities, which we know is to our part of the world, and thirdly is persistent structural unemployment.”

According to the World Economic Forum, the complexity of 2014 trends demonstrates a need for global cooperation.


The Global Agenda Councils, which are made up of academia, business, government, international organisations and society members, aim to provide interdisciplinary thinking, stimulate dialogue, shape agendas and catalyse initiatives.

Through collaboration, debate and findings, the Global Agenda Councils hope to transform implications and recommendations into key deliverables such as the Outlook on the Global Agenda and Global Agenda Survey.

“Everyone talks to these themes directly and it permeates through our conversations. There’s about a thousand people here and, come Thursday, we’ll be issuing some results of how we take this forward and how we address the major challenges facing our global economy,” Davies explained.

The summit will take place from 18 to 20 November 2013 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).