Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the 20th edition of Doha Forum under the title 'Transformation into a New Era' will start Saturday at Sheraton Grand Doha.
The two-day forum will host a galaxy of international leaders, academics, and thought leaders with the aim of launching dialogue and discussion on challenges and critical issues facing the world, promoting exchange of ideas, policymaking, and the provision of viable recommendations.
The generous sponsorship of the forum by His Highness the Amir reflects the interest of Qatar and its keenness to provide all forms of support, reasons for success and influence for this important international forum, and its importance at the local, regional and international levels.
This edition of the forum, will be the largest since its launch, and will bring together several heads of state and government, politicians, parliamentarians, thinkers and representatives of the media which makes the forum a real opportunity for frank dialogue between various sectors to come up with viable solutions.
Doha Forum executive director, HE Lolwah bint Rashid AlKhater, said that the world has witnessed great changes since the last meeting in 2019, which emphasises, more than ever, the need to meet and take advantage of this platform to discuss the most important faced issues transition into a new era.
The forum's discussions and sessions will focus on the main theme of this year, which is the transformation into a new era, with a focus on four main areas: geopolitical alliances and international relations, the financial system and economic development, defence, cybersecurity, food security, in addition to sustainability and climate change.
The Doha Forum, launched by His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani in 2000, is a global platform in the field of contemporary international affairs, and the largest global platform for diplomacy, dialogue and diversity. The global economy has been recovering from its biggest shock since World War II, the coronavirus pandemic, and the need for leaders and policymakers to come together to develop policy innovations at saving the most lives and avoiding lasting damage.
The programme for this year includes many sessions that will address various topics, including the reforms that must be made to meet the escalating challenges in the world, reimagining business models in the post-pandemic era, misinformation and extremism via the internet and post-pandemic Africa, and the role of the international community in managing refugee flow: Syria and beyond, the emergence of the new space sector, concomitant concerns, and the promises and risks of artificial intelligence and analytics that fuel decision-making processes.
The forum sessions and discussions also address the mobilisation of the rule of law to respond to the climate crisis, the smooth transition to meet energy demand during the transition to green alternatives, a clean future for natural gas, Afghanistan, the role of the West and spheres of influence in an era of non-peace, and the reality of US-Chinese competition in the Middle East and North Africa region, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: challenges and opportunities in a new era.