Ygl_zermatt_summit_opening_1Inaugural Summit, 24-28 July, Zermatt, Switzerland:
The inaugural Forum of Young Global Leaders aims to “shake up traditional thinking and to bring a bold, forward-looking approach to the world,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. The Summit’s programme of plenary sessions and workshops will examine prospects for the world in 2020 and focus on issues such as development and poverty, education, environment, global governance and security. The Young Global Leaders will look at short-term action on urgent problems and longer-term strategic approaches. The results will feed into the 2006 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Ygl_zermatt_summit_opening_2jpgYoung Global Leaders:
– are under 40 years old
– have substantial leadership experience
– have already clearly demonstrated a commitment to serving society

– are willing to devote their energy and expertise for five years to tackle the most critical issues facing the world

In shaping the future, the Young Global Leaders will engage in the “2020 Initiative”. This is a comprehensive endeavour, aimed at establishing a framework for understanding the problems and risks we face in the coming decades and beyond.

The Young Global Leaders will focus their abilities on exploring what the world will be like in 2020, if current and projected trends continue. Their goal is to identify the dynamics and complexities of future industrial and social developments, so that a shared vision for a better world in 2020 can emerge. Equipped with a positive roadmap for the future, the Young Global Leaders will design global strategies to make this vision a reality. These strategies in turn will be translated into the concrete action to be taken today, if their vision for 2020 is to be realized.

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a newly formed, unique, multi-stakeholder community of 1111 exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. The Forum brings together young leaders who are currently internationally prominent and those who are destined for future greatness.

Each year we identify 200-300 exceptional individuals, drawn from every region in the world and many disciplines and sectors. Together, they form a powerful international community which can dramatically impact the global future.

Contact Information
For more information, please contact ygl@weforum.org or visit www.younggloballeaders.org

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