Wednesday, 27.02

Opening Session

Workshop
Festsaal

Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Marty M. Natalegawa , Irina Bokova , Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri , Bill McAndrews, Zeinab Badawi

Politics, business, civil society, religious communities as well as academic circles, professional organisations, youth, and the media are all jointly in a position to shape a new agenda for living together in diversity and dialogue. Shared responsibility, and with it responsible leadership, is needed; leadership that understands the complexity of the world we live in and integrates value-based and ethical decision- making as well as the cross-cultural bridge-building in both the medium- and long-term perspective.

Featuring Youth Representative: Ms. Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Founder and President, Youth Without Borders

Moderator: Zeinab Badawi

The opening plenary will frame the agenda for the two days of the Forum. World leaders – be it from politics, business, civil society, religious communities, academic circles, professional organizations, youth, and the media – will identify critical areas for action and collaboration across a wide range of sectors as they are all jointly in a position to shape a new agenda for living together in diversity and dialogue. At a time of global changes when our world is more interdependent than ever, it is crucial that such actors become further aware of their shared responsibility in forging consensus in a landscape in which economy is interconnected, power is diffuse, politics diversifying and various worldviews and conceptions of domestic and international order are competing. Together they will discuss what responsible leadership means – a leadership that understands the complexity of the world we live in and integrates values-based leadership, ethical decision-making as well as the cross-cultural bridge-building that is imperative in a medium/long-term perspective.