Bringing a safe and just future to the 2024 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

Prof. Johan Rockström, Prof. Joyeeta Gupta, David Obura and Wendy Broadgate are representing the Earth Commission at the 54th World Economic Forum Annual meeting in Davos this week.

With key business and financial stakeholders, governments and civil society all present, it’s a crucial moment to bring science to the table and highlight pathways to tackling negative tipping points and building  a safe and just future for everyone.

Read more about our engagements below:

WEF Agenda article: Johan Rockström and Joyeeta Gupta’s blog is published  in WEF Agenda today.  Whilst they outline the stark context of how human induced Earth system change is fuelling a dangerous cycle – placing further pressure on the planet and undermining social stability – the blog ultimately carries a positive message of incredible opportunity.

“The safe and just space is the home of every business, economic and political opportunity worth pursuing today. Wide-scale transformations are required to bring us there, and businesses and cities in particular have a leading role to play.“

The Commission’s safe and just boundaries  can guide companies, cities and governments to evaluate risks and performance via science-based-targets for nature. By operating within these limits, it is possible to maintain a stable and resilient planet and ensure access for everyone to the resources necessary for a dignified life.

To paint a picture with more than words, the blog includes a series of brand new science-based futurist visuals. Created  in collaboration with Superflux, the landscapes show what our world could look like if we lived within safe and just limits for the biosphere, climate, nutrients, freshwater and aerosols.  You can view them in high resolution here.



Title:  Horizon Scan: Transitioning from Fossil Fuels (Official)

Date: Tuesday 16 January

Time: 15:00 – 15:30

Description: Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South at the University of Amsterdam and recipient of the Spinoza Prize 2023, shares her insights on the key challenges and opportunities leaders and decision-makers should focus on in the year ahead on stabilizing 1.) Planetary boundaries and 2.) Earth system boundaries.

Earth Commission Speaker: Prof. Joyeeta Gupta

Location: (Congress Centre, Ideas Hub)


Title: From Rainforests to Reefs: Sustaining Life on Earth

Date: Wednesday, 17 Jan.

Time: 12:30-13:30 CET

Description: According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, biodiversity is more at risk now than at any other point in human history. Yet $44 trillion of economic value generation – over half the world’s total GDP – is moderately or highly dependent on nature.  How can unprecedented collaboration between science, business and policy safeguard life and livelihoods on the planet?

Earth Commission Speaker: David Obura


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Title: Climate and Nature: A Systemic Response Needed (Official)

Date: Wednesday 17 January

Time: 14.30 – 15.30

Description: The year 2023 is the hottest on record – 1.43C above the pre-industrial averages – propelling economies and societies into unprecedented and risky territory. Leaders are increasingly called upon to transform the current growth and development models to better steward the global commons and serve humanity. How can we enable a net-zero, nature-positive future that regenerates Earth’s finite resources and safeguards its peoples?

Earth Commission Speaker: Johan Rockström

Location: (Congress Centre, Congress Hall)


Title: Out of Balance with Water (Official)

Date: Wed 17 January

Time: 15.00 – 15.45

Description: The global water cycle is spiralling out of balance, with climate change aggravating torrential rains and intense droughts. The assumption that water supplies are stable, predictable and manageable is no longer true. What are the most urgent levers to realize the potential of water as a catalyst and enabler for the Sustainable Development Goals? With Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCLTech, India, Kirsten Schuijt, Director-General, WWF International, Switzerland, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, President of Singapore

Earth Commission Moderator: Prof. Joyeeta Gupta

Location: (Congress Centre, Spotlight)


Title: Live from the deep sea

Date: Wednesday, 17 Jan.

Time: 16:00-17:00 CET

Description: Public panel. Below the ocean surface is a world that is vast, distant and alien. We are now able to understand and explore more of this realm with technology. Join Caribbean marine biologist and explorer Diva Amon live from a deep-sea submersible examining the health of Mesophotic coral reefs off the coast of the Seychelles. She is joined by prominent experts and industry leaders to explore the potential of technology and how it can be harnessed to better steward ocean health.

Earth Commission Speaker: David Obura


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Title: A New Era of Planetary Stewardship (Official)

Date: Thursday 18 January

Time: 13.15 – 14.15

Description: This session will explore the crucial aspects of aggregating and disseminating an Annual Planetary Health Check. Join renowned experts as they unveil the technological prowess to deliver frequent, detailed planetary monitoring and actionable analysis. Participants will understand how this initiative will shape industrial and governmental policies and investments, fostering sustainable corporate practices and advancing planetary stewardship, as well as gaining insights into where current methodologies fall short and how frequent, accurate assessments can galvanize action across sectors to bridge gaps in environmental stewardship akin to an IPCC for the planet.

Earth Commission Speaker: Prof. Johan Rockström

Location: (Ice Village, Dome C)

Please RSVP to Kari Stoever ( to request participation in this session.


Title: Alpine Economies at +2C (Official)

Date: Thursday 18 January

Time: 15.00 – 15.30

Description: Alpine economies from the Himalayas to the Alps and Andes are experiencing over 2°C warmer climates, affecting the liveability, livelihoods and ecosystems of mountain communities that are home to over 1 billion people. There is an opportunity for government, business, sports and civil society to rally together to enhance the resilience of these ancient landscapes. What are the strategies and business models needed for the alpine industry to adapt and thrive under new climate realities?

Earth Commission Speaker: Prof. Joyeeta Gupta and Prof. Johan Rockström

Location: (Congress Centre, Fusion)