Open Forum Davos: Mission accomplished

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) is pleased with the results of the Open Forum Davos, leaving the sponsorship to its partners in the future.

The Open Forum Davos features current topics such as globalization, economic justice, and interreligious dialogue, discussed by renowned speakers from around the world and critically examined by audiences in filled auditoriums. After nine years of sharing its sponsorship, the FSPC is pleased with its results and is passing on the full organization of the Open Forum Davos to the World Economic Forum (WEF). It has reached its goal of establishing a dialogue between major economic and political figures and the general public. Open Forum Davos now provides a platform for a public, provocative discussion of all sorts of social and economic issues.

The FSPC will, however, remain involved in organizing the Open Forum Davos program. The World Economic Forum has indeed invited FSPC Council President Gottfried Locher to take part in the newly created advisory council. The FSPC will seek to move forward with dialogue between the church and the economic world in other venues as well.

The Open Forum Davos was initiated in cooperation with then FSPC Council President Thomas Wipf, and has taken place every year since to coincide with the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The creation of the advisory council will provide the Open Forum Davos with a boost in its support as a public platform for dialogue.