More than 1,000 leaders from business, politics and civil society have gathered in Jordan for the Global Reconciliation Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF), held June 21-23, 2003. Under the theme ‘Visions for a Shared Future’, the forum has pledged itself to the future of the region, and to its social, political and economic regeneration.
Over the course of the three-day meeting, the participants, half of whom are from the Middle East, have the unique opportunity to work together to enhance economic prosperity and social development in the region. An analysis of the necessary reforms, including the need to improve competitiveness, create better conditions for foreign investment and promote free trade, will be at the forefront of the discussions.
The Summit, under the patronage of King Abdullah II, will also see a meeting of the Quartet. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov, the EU Council’s Foreign Affairs Representative Javier Solana, and US Secretary of State Colin Powell will report back on their private meeting in Jordan at the Summit.
”We are at an historic moment for the Middle East, offering great opportunity amid the ever present risks,” said the WEF President Klaus Schwab. “The Global Reconciliation Summit in Jordan is part of a continued and long-term effort by the Forum to contribute to peace and security in the Middle East. We welcome the participation of key political leaders in this Meeting, but politics alone will not solve the problems of the region. There will never be lasting peace without economic and social progress. That’s the reason why it is so essential that leaders from all sections of society meet to achieve this objective.”
In addition to the initiatives launched by delegations and individual participants, the World Economic Forum will advance a number of its own initiatives at the Summit, with special relevance to the Middle East.
The Women Leaders Initiative: The World Economic Forum has mobilized women from inside and outside the region to participate in this event in Jordan and address how women worldwide can contribute to the political stability and economic prosperity of the region.
The Council of 100 Leaders: One hundred leaders from the West and from the Islamic world will come together to forge mutual understanding and sponsor specific projects that will help bridge the two communities.
The Jordan Education Initiative: This initiative aims to improve the development and delivery of education to Jordan’s citizens through public-private partnerships and to accelerate educational reforms by unleashing the innovation of teachers and students through the effective use of information and communication technology.
The Arab Business Council: A council of Arab business leaders will act as a community to address regional and global issues and as an advisory body for the World Economic Forum. It will elaborate practical, positive solutions to regional problems and reach out to other decision-makers to form partnerships and alliances for action.
The Water Initiative: aims to improve the management of water and its access. In association with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Economic Forum Water Initiative will catalyze a number of public-private partnerships to manage watersheds from the summit to the sea.
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