Davos, 22 September 2011. Over 400 participants, from over 40 countries, international organisations such as the European Commission and UNEP bringing their news … and the intergenerational dialogue being considered by many as the highlight of this year’s WRF.
Three days of intensive debate resulted in a clear chairman’ summary: the Davos World Resources Forum calls for immediate action to double global resource efficiency by 2020, and aims at a fivefold increase by 2050. Read the full press release here.
Over 100 young resource experts joined the debate and they were fully integrated in the program, providing fresh inspiration to the “oldies”, and having life-changing close encounters with scientists they formerly only knew from the book covers of their study materials.
New this year also the inclusion of arts and colours through the daily ‘highlight of the day’ sessions, led by Bas de Leeuw. German artists Klaus Elle and graphic designer Helmut Langer showed their work, linking the complexities of sustainability with emotions. The audience could this year also vote on their preferences and priorities.
Listen to an interview with Bas de Leeuw about the Conference’s own sustainability performance: Beef or no Beef – how Green is the World Resources Forum.
Next WRF will be held in Beijing, China, from 14-17 October, 2012.