Dr. Iravani has been invited to attended the WEF for the fifth time. In addition to private meetings with World leaders, businessmen, philanthropists, scholars, and faith leaders he will contribute to a few different panels and sessions (private and public).
Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World
At the close of the 20th century, the presumption was that greater economic interdependence among countries,buttressed by liberal democratic institutions, would ensurepeace and stability well into the new century.
The global context today has changed dramatically: geostrategic fissures have re-emerged on multiple fronts with wide-ranging political, economic and social consequences. Realpolitik is no longer just a relic of the Cold War. Economic prosperity and social cohesion are not one and the same. The global commons cannot protect or heal itself. Politically, governance is being transformed by new and contending strategic narratives. Such narratives have emerged in response to national, regional and global divides, but many of them are bereft of the innovation, inspiration and idealism essential for transformational change. Economically, policies are being formulated to preserve the singular benefits of global integration while limiting its shared
obligations. Yet, such policy prescriptions are fragmented, biased or uninformed when considered in the context of sustainable development, inclusive growth and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Socially, citizens yearn for responsive leadership that addresses local and national concerns; yet, a shared identity and collective purpose remain elusive despite living in an age
of social networks. All the while, the social contract between states and their citizens continues to erode. Changing the situation on the ground requires more responsive governance,
but this cannot absolve governments of their regional and global responsibilities. The fractures that have emerged politically, economically and socially must not foster intolerance, indecision and inaction. The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting therefore aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. The
programme, initiatives and projects of the meeting are focused on Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.