Volodymyr Zelensky hopes that the big companies and partner countries at the reconstruction conference in Ticino in July will find ways and make their own proposals to help Ukraine to rebuild, Zelensky told the WEF community. There is a lot to do, the destruction is enormous.
First thoughts on reconstruction
Ukraine imagines that every partner country, every company, a certain region or a certain industry can help with the reconstruction, explained Zelenskiy. He also wanted to take the opportunity to thank Switzerland for holding the conference, said Selenski.
Earlier, Federal President Cassis said in his opening speech that 40 countries and 18 international organizations had been invited to the conference. There, the main actors are to exchange views on the “complex system” of reconstruction for the first time. Even if the end of the war is not yet foreseeable today, it would be “unforgivable” to wait with initial considerations.
Meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister
Cassis said that Switzerland is offering to host again for follow-up steps from the conference. Cassis plans to meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday to discuss the reconstruction conference.
In his speech, Cassis drew attention to the turning point that this war in Ukraine means. The past decades have been for many decades of hope. It was believed that the order created after the Cold War would endure.
However, this “deceptive foundation of supposed security” tempts one to underestimate one’s own vulnerability, Cassis said. Anyone who believes that these achievements are constant runs the risk of overlooking the risks of burgeoning nationalism, hunger for power and protectionism. This “war of aggression” has ruined Ukraine as a sovereign state, Cassis said.
Leaders need to move forward
The WEF was opened with depressing images of the war in Ukraine, the climate crisis and other disasters. The statement was displayed: “Change is possible – Change is essential” (change is possible, change is necessary). It was said that executives had to move forward.
WEF founder and President Klaus Schwab opened the WEF under this year’s title “History at a turning point”. The war in Ukraine is such a turning point and is turning the system upside down, Schwab said. In addition, there are other important issues that urgently need to be addressed, such as high inflation or climate change. The problems could only be solved together. “The future doesn’t just happen, it’s made by us,” said Schwab.