Open Forum

An accessible event for participants to share thoughts, experiences and stories on pressing and controversial issues


The Open Forum is an event format that allows a broader audience to participate in the activities of World Economic Forum. Each year since 2003, the Open Forum convenes in January in the heart of Davos, attracting leaders from all walks of life. In 2023, the Open Forum will be hosted at the Tobelmühle Sports Hall, for the second time. We welcome government officials, artists, civil society leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and CEOs of multinational companies: All have a story or point of view to share.

In the spirit of Davos, the Open Forum aims to stimulate dialogue among thought leaders on issues ranging from current political structures and geopolitical concerns to environmental problems, leadership challenges and the role of the arts in society.

Indeed, the World Economic Forum seizes the timely opportunity of its Annual Meeting in Davos to offer a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders and policy-makers around improving the state of the world.

The Open Forum welcomes a diverse public from around the globe to listen, participate and share thoughts, experiences and stories with the panellists on pressing and controversial issues. For those of you who cannot join the Open Forum personally in Davos, we hope you will follow the debates on the web via our livestream.


The Open Forum aims to encourage dialogue and spread awareness on critical issues by providing a platform on which ideas, thoughts and questions can be expressed and tackled in an open environment.


Online registration for the Open Forum 2023 will be open until 12 January 2023 at 5 P.M. CET.

Preliminary Programme

Energy Transition Rush

From industry production to heating your home the energy crisis is impacting the globe, resulting in a push to address renewable energy transition.

What does it take to secure access to affordable, sustainable and clean energy solutions?

Behaving for Climate

Climate change is an undeniable reality. People are aware of how their day-to-day behaviors impact the environment. Still, individual lifestyles and organizational practices continue in an unsustainable way.

How do we achieve climate knowledge for climate action?

In Case of Fire use Stairs

More than one billion people live with a disability and are among those most acutely affected by the climate crisis.

How can inclusive design be leveraged to ensure a disability inclusive climate action?

Propelling Planetary Prosperity

Technology has played a catalytic role in augmenting human resilience - from "natural" technologies that evolved over thousands of years to cutting-edge science and its varied applications.

How are youth harnessing their creative potential to innovate for the prosperity of our planet?

Mobilizing for Climate

To promote climate action, many multistakeholder agreements were created. However, keeping the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is still a struggle.

What concrete steps need to be taken for coordinated climate action?

Nature Heals

There is increasing evidence that spending time in nature has a positive impact on our daily wellbeing. Nature connectedness is also associated with symptom relief and complements treatments for a variety of physical and mental health issues.

How can we improve the access to nature in our increasingly urbanized and digitalized world?

Demanding Climate Justice

Nearly half the world's population is severely affected by increasingly dangerous climate impacts, according to a 2022 IPCC report.

What messages do young people have for today’s leaders on justice for those affected by the climate crisis?

Transforming Urban Life

More than half the world's population lives in urban areas with the number expected to increase to almost 70% by 2050.

How can we ensure the cities of the future are environmentally sustainable and socially resilient?

Sustainably served

Climate shocks and ongoing armed conflicts are disrupting food supply chain and driving up the cost of food leading to more than 3 billion people who are unable to access healthy diets.

How can we bring affordable and nutritious meals to the table while safeguarding nature?


Special Guest to be announced.


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