The World Economic Forum (WEF), a Swiss-based nonprofit, has just wrapped up the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013 in Lima, Peru. Originally a gathering of European business leaders in the 1970s to exchange business ideas to match their U.S. counterparts, the WEF has morphed into a much broader collection of leaders and ideas geared towards the improvement of the world community. In its 42-year history, the organization has expanded to encompass figures from business, politics, entrepreneurs, and other leaders of society. These leaders discuss topics to shape global, regional and industry agendas in the effort to “improve the state of the world.”
Most widely known for its annual meeting at the Davos-Klosters Swiss Alpine ski resort where big names and global leaders gather, The Forum has branched off to include six to eight regional forums each year. The World Economic Forum on Latin America was April 23-25th, and was the 8th such forum in Latin America. The Latin American Forum articulated a bevy of ideas and hosted over 650 participants to discuss the region’s dynamic development and maintaining its growth trajectory. Sports for Sharing’s very own Dina Buchbinder Auron was one of these participants on behalf of S4S and its parent organization, Deport-es Para Compartir!
Under the theme, “Delivering Growth, Strengthening Societies” some of the main talking points included fostering strong partnerships to consolidate the modernization of Latin America’s economies and institutions, innovations to create a more inclusive society, and building resilience towards a continued path of sustainable development. The emphasis on inclusivity and consolidation across institutions pertains especially to Latin America’s burgeoning middle class. With over 70 million people having moved out of poverty in Latin America over the past decade, the needs of the developing population and the expectations of their governments/institutions have grown considerably. The onus is on these institutions, both public and private, to grow alongside the population, working together to provide “buoyant economics, improved government institutions, responsive businesses and environmental protection.” Otherwise the new demands will overwhelm these institutions. The growth of the middle class will become unsustainable and lead to stagnation.
Although the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013 is now closed, audio, video, blogs, and other forms of media have been uploaded onto the WEF website, which you can access here. These resources cover all the events, topics discussed, and partners who attended the regional gathering. You can look over some of the commentaries and share them with others as a way to increase awareness. While the discussions of this regional meeting are localized to Latin America, it is important to recognize that these events send a positive message as they are happening all over the world, and that we must engage ourselves to improve the state of the increasingly global community.
(Source: Thomas Steinmetz)