January 24th, 2013
05:19 AM GMT
(CNN) – Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, David Cameron, Mario Monti and Thomas Friedman are just several of the headline speakers in the second full day of the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
While thousands of global economic, political and civil leaders have paid tens of thousands of dollars to personally attend this year’s summit, you can watch many sessions online and on-demand – without breaking the bank.
Thursday’s highlights include:
1. “The State of the World: A Strategic Assessment”
Henry Kissinger, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Secretary of State for President Richard Nixon, takes the spotlight in this one-on-one session with Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum.
Kissinger, who helped engineer the normalization of U.S. relations with China and the end of the Vietnam War, will discuss how world governments can restore their legitimacy at a time when they are increasingly being challenged, questioned and doubted by their own citizens.
2. “Eurozone Crisis – The Way Forward”
The 17-member union that shares the common Euro currency has been battered by sovereign debt crises over the past three years but is now pulling back from the brink.
This session explores what Europe needs to do next to turn the past few years of crisis into future years of opportunity that stresses fiscal order, more effective frameworks for governance and smart reforms.
Featured speakers include Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
3. “Mega Sporting Events – In Whose Interest?”
The fanfare and the glory of global mega sporting events may be intoxicating to athletes and fans - but host cities have historically been left with a financial hangover stemming from a bill of multi-billion dollar proportions. This session looks at the costs and benefits of hosting such large-scale events, including higher taxes for host city citizens and economic stimulus, respectively.
While the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games were widely seen as a success that pushed the city into the global spotlight, the 2012 London Games had been on track to be the most expensive ever at $14.8 billion, the 2004 Athens Games had built too much infrastructure for not enough visitors and the 1976 Montreal Games took 30 years to pay back their $1.5 billion bill.
4. “Is Democracy Winning?”
In the battle of political ideologies from democracy to dictatorships and everything in between, is the choice of the majority the best way forward in 21st century governance?
Last year Egypt elected its first president backed by the Islamist party of the Muslim Brotherhood which raised international eyebrows. China has had one-party Communist control since its modern-day founding in 1949 but has enjoyed double-digit growth for most of the last twenty years. Democracy in the United States has produced stability for more than 236 years but in the past few decades has engineered polarized gridlock in Washington, D.C.
Featured speakers include New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
5. “The Global Development Outlook"
This all-star line-up should be enough to pack the house.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman are among the panelists for this evening session focusing on the U.N.’s eight Millennium Development Goals, or MDG.
With such goals expiring in 2015, these business, political and media leaders discuss new – and renewing - priorities for a post-MDG world that should continue to include eradicating poverty, achieving universal education and ensuring environmental sustainability.
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