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WEF unveils Virtual Global Collaboration Village

Davos-Klosters, May 23, 2022

The World Economic Forum (WEF), in collaboration with Accenture and Microsoft, is building a Global Collaboration Village as the virtual future of public-private cooperation.
 
The Village will provide immersive spaces where stakeholders can convene, create and take action on the world’s most pressing challenges, as WEF embarks on an ambitious new journey to harness the potential of the metaverse as a platform for collaborative, inclusive and effective international action.
 
“Since our founding in 1971, the Forum has served as a platform where business, government, civil society and other stakeholders can come together to address critical global issues,” said Klaus Schwab, the Forum’s Founder and Executive Chairman. 
 
Metaverse to influence thinking
“The metaverse will influence the way, people, governments, companies and society at large think, work, interact and communicate for the purpose of collectively addressing issues on the global agenda. The Global Collaboration Village will be an extension of the World Economic Forum’s public private platforms and in-person meetings and will provide a more open, more sustained and more comprehensive process for coming together.”
 
Julie Sweet, Chair and CEO of Accenture, said: “While the metaverse is only in its early days, it already holds great promise, not only for redefining how organisations work and interact but also for fostering effective public-private partnerships. We are pleased to collaborate with the World Economic Forum and Microsoft in creating the Global Collaboration Village and pioneering a trusted metaverse space. This will complement the Forum’s real-world collaborations and invite a range of diverse stakeholders to come together to address the world’s most critical challenges and innovate a more sustainable future for all.”
 
The Global Collaboration Village will bring together key global stakeholders – international organisations, governments, partner companies and civil society organisations – to imagine alternative futures, explore ideas in an immersive way and envision what the future world could be. The Forum aims to be a pioneer within this new space and bring together others to co-create within it.
 
Key aims
*Global cooperation – To create a new virtual space where global interaction can be enhanced and cooperative solutions found;
 
*Interactivity – To provide immersive experiences to foster a better understanding of key global challenges;
 
*Inclusivity – To offer a collaborative public space where broad participation in discussions about pressing global issues is both encouraged and enabled; and
 
*Impact – The platform and all of its goals are geared towards catalysing more effective individual and collective action following the Forum’s mission statement and commitment to improving the state of the world.
 
Global Cooperation Village
WEF, in collaboration with the Strategic Partners Accenture and Microsoft, presented the overall concept and architecture of the Global Collaboration Village, as well as a proof-of-concept of the experience and functionality, at the Annual Meeting 2022.
 
This launch is the first step on a new journey. The Forum will continue to develop the Global Collaboration Village, together with a founding partners group, over the coming months and years, with the aim of turning the metaverse into a place where international cooperation can be strengthened and re-energised.
 
In addition, the Forum is launching a new initiative on Defining and Building the Metaverse, which convenes more than 60 leading companies from technology and other sectors alongside experts from governments, academia and civil society to accelerate the development of governance and policy frameworks for the metaverse and strengthen economic and social value creation opportunities. 
 
This initiative and the Global Collaboration Village will help shape the foundations of the metaverse to truly create an equitable, interoperable and safe digital environment from the onset.
 
Annual Meeting 2022
For over 50 years, WEF has been the international organisation for public-private cooperation. The Annual Meeting is the focal point for leaders to accelerate the partnerships needed to tackle global challenges and shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. 
 
Convening under the theme, History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies, the Annual Meeting 2022 and its 450 sessions bring together global leaders from business, government and civil society.-- TradeArabia News Service
 



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