Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota will take part in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, to be held in Davos (Switzerland) from 25 to 29 January 2012. This year’s Forum convenes under the theme “The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models”. Created in 1971, the meeting gathers leaders, businesspeople and scholars from around the world to discuss the main issues on the international agenda.
Minister Patriota will participate in sessions on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will address the concept of a sustainable growth model for the 21st century. On 26 January, he will join a debate held by the Associated Press entitled “Are the democratic institutions of the 20th century fit for 21st?”. He will also take part in sessions dedicated to Latin America and Brazil.
Parallel to the World Economic Forum, Minister Patriota will hold meetings with the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jakob Kellenberger, and the Executive-Directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Babatunde Osotimehin, and of the Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth. He will also meet with the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar, of Peru, Rafael Roncagliogo, and of Switzerland, Didier Burkhalter, and with officials from México and from the European Union.