Readers' Guide Comment on "the only global framework for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and opinions of government leaders"
The Davos environment does indeed provide a welcome place for leaders to meet. It is not, however, the only global forum for informal exchanges of ideas between heads of state. Every year the opening of the General Assembly provides heads of state and government an opportunity to be in a seminar ambiance, to socialize over lunches, and to converse informally at receptions. Throughout the year, other UN bodies create a similar space for interdisciplinary discussions between national leaders and ministers.
Additionally think tank retreats, university seminars, and civil society events provide opportunities for relaxed high-level intergovernmental dialogues and for cross disciplinary exchanges of ideas.
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