The 16th World Knowledge Forum brought together experts from around the world to Seoul to discuss the extent to which recent trends in economics, geopolitics, energy, climate, and technology point to a new stage in world affairs. The Forum’s title for this year was “Mapping of the Zeitgeist”, or how to chart the spirit of our times and identify what it implies for global policy and investment.
Secretary General Aldo Flores-Quiroga participated in two panels, one focusing on the outlook for energy in 2016 and another on climate change. Panelists discussed the factors that will influence the behavior of energy supply and demand in the coming year, from the growth of the Asian economies to the production adjustments already underway in North America and the prospects for greater supply form the Middle East. On climate change, conversations focused on prospects for an agreement at the COP21 meeting in Paris and the challenge of reducing energy intensity without retarding economic growth.