World leaders appealed for unity within the international community as the 50th World Economic Forum opened on Monday in Davos, Switzerland.
"Now, why I am so proud of this community. Because, those are people, really still believing in the interconnectivty which we have in our world. Into the facts that we are all interdependent. Which believe in the strength and force of action."
The founder added that people were ready to work together to improve the state of the world.
The European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also emphasized the importance of working together to find a more sustainable economic system.
"I believe as you do, that we can reconcile our economy with our planet, we can reconcile human development with the protection of our home. But we can only do it together."
Under the theme of 'Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World', the leaders and activists will discuss six key areas: Ecology, Economy, Technology, Society, Geopolitics and Industry.
More than 2,800 participants from 118 countries are attending the forum this year, including political leaders, CEOs, and public figures.
Among them are U.S. President Donald Trump, who will be delivering a speech on Tuesday and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who will open a debate on the environment on the same day.
Also attending are South Korean government officials and business tycoons, including Minister Park Young-sun from the startup ministry, Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee and SK Chairman Chey Tae-won.
The leaders will discuss various issues including the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.