President Dalia Grybauskaitė

The President will attend the World Economic Forum and visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

2016-01-19

Tuesday, January 19, Vilnius – Tomorrow, January 20, President Dalia Grybauskaitė will leave for a three-day working visit to Switzerland. The President will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos and visit the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

This year, the World Economic Forum, which brings together the most influential political and business leaders, focuses on the fourth industrial revolution. Heads of state, 3,000 business representatives and visionaries will discuss how future generations could successfully adapt to rapid technological evolution and how to use innovative solutions to global economic, energy, medical, and climate change challenges. This year, the World Economic Forum will be attended by presidents and prime ministers from 50 countries as well as by the UN, OECD, World Bank, and IMF leaders.

The President will take part in a high-level discussion on access to and ensuring the quality of the world’s water resources held on the initiative of the UN and the World Bank. Dalia Grybauskaitė and other 14 heads of state are invited to join the UN permanent working group which would take the lead in implementing the UN Water Agenda.

High pollution and climate change are making water scarcity a major problem. According to World Health Organization data, 1.8 billion – one in four people on the planet – drink contaminated water and around 1,000 children die every day from diseases related to lack of water and sanitation. In the future, pollution and climate change can make water even less accessible and more expensive than gas or oil.

Lithuania is taken as a model example of how to use water in a sustainable way. The European Commission names Lithuania as one of the leaders in waste water management, and we are among the member states which almost totally comply with the EU requirements for drinking water quality.

This forum is also an opportunity to focus the world leaders’ attention on the issues of special relevance to the people of Lithuania. The President will speak about the Astravyets nuclear power plant which is being built without observing international security standards and which will be cooled with water from the River Neris. In case of an accident, contaminated water would reach the drinking water sources in Vilnius within a few days, contaminating not only the Neris but also the Nemunas basin and the Baltic Sea.

In Davos, the President will also attend a leaders’ informal meeting to exchange views on the global challenges brought about by the migration wave and on ways to deal with them.

The President will take part in a high-level event held by the Women in Parliaments Global Forum – which brings together over 9,000 members – to discuss women’s participation and leadership in politics and social life.

Meetings between the President and global business leaders are scheduled at the World Economic Forum to exchange views on prospects for developing business in Lithuania.

Dalia Grybauskaitė will visit the most important center for nuclear research (CERN), which is the largest research institution in the world with nearly half of all physicists on the planet doing their internship there. It searches for answers to the most complex questions and carries out unique experiments that can change the future of humankind.

The purpose of the visit to this organization is to express Lithuania’s political will to become an associate member of CERN. An official application document will be submitted in March.

The President will meet with Lithuanian scientists working there. She will also hold a virtual conversation with students from Vilnius Lyceum, Vilnius Saulės gymnasium, Pasvalys gymnasium, and other schools which have joined the S’Cool LAB project.

Lithuania and CERN have been cooperating since 1993. Every year, over 20 Lithuanian scientists from Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology, and Vilnius Gediminas Technological University do an internship there. Special programs are offered for teachers and school students from Lithuania.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2016.02.05 15:54

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