25 Jan 2021 – 29 Jan 2021

Organization: World Economic Forum

The Davos Agenda will mobilize global leaders to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in the challenging new context of the pandemic and the post-pandemic recovery. This page presents general information on the event, as well as specific updates on the issues of environmental governance that will be addressed at the Forum.


In the context of the pandemic and the post-pandemic recovery, the Davos Agenda 2021 will be dedicated to helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year. The Davos Agenda will also mark the launch of the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset Initiative. Sessions throughout the week are structured around the five domains of said initiative:

  • Monday 25 January – Designing cohesive, sustainable and resilient economic systems
  • Tuesday 26 January – Driving responsible industry transformation and growth
  • Wednesday 27 January – Enhancing stewardship of our global commons
  • Thursday 28 January – Harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • Friday 29 January – Advancing global and regional cooperation

Live sessions will begin each day as of 08.00 until 19.00 Central European Time (CET).

Environmental governance in Davos

The World Economic Forum has brought environmental concerns into the Davos Agenda, with one of its seven key themes focusing on “How to save the planet“. These concerns are even more relevant as the post-pandemic recovery create opportunities for building back better and greener. As humanity is faced with intertwined crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, leaders in virtual Davos will address some of these critical issues. This section list all environment-related sessions of the Davos Agenda.

Green Recovery

Climate mitigation & adaptation

Food systems & oceans

Finance for the environment

Sustainable technology and energy

Global Risks Report 2021

Ahead of the Davos Agenda, WEF published last week the Global Risks Report 2021, which gives an overview of the most pressing challenges humanity is facing in the upcoming years. The analysis reveals important short-term risks from societal fractures, linked with risks to human health, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment, and geopolitical fragmentation. Meanwhile, environmental issues – climate action failure, biodiversity loss, human environmental damages and extreme weather events – remain the top long-term risks.

If environmental considerations—the top long-term risks once again—are not confronted in the short term, environmental degradation will intersect with societal fragmentation to bring about dramatic consequences.