Everyone and I really mean everyone with rank and name knows the small Swiss town of Davos. The who’s who of world politics have been meeting here since 1974. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is the scene of numerous global players, economic experts, scientists, social actors and journalists. From Nelson Mandela, Helmut Kohl, Bill Gates, Yasser Arafat, Wladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Emmanuel Macron, Greta Thunberg and Donald Trump, they all came and come to Davos when Klaus Schwab calls.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Klaus Schwab, born in Ravensburg, Germany, in 1938, is the founder and executive chairman of the world-renowned World Economic Forum. In 1971, the then professor of corporate policy invited 444 executives from western European companies to Davos for the first European Management Symposium. In 1974 the first politicians took part in the symposium. In 1987 the name was changed to the World Economic Forum known today and is intended to provide a platform where solutions to international conflicts can be found through dialogues.
This option has already been used successfully by some leading politicians. In 1988, for example, Greece and Turkey signed the Davos Declaration. This prevented war between these two countries at almost the last minute. In 1990, just two and a half months after the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, Helmut Kohl and Hans Modrow had a groundbreaking discussion in the Swiss ski village about the reunification of Germany. At the 24th Annual Meeting in 1994, Shimon Peres, former Israeli Foreign Minister, and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed a draft treaty on Gaza and Jericho.