Our historic and cultural heritage in Davos

The World Economic Forum (WEF) will be held in Davos from Jan. 20 to 23. There will be significant participation this year from Turkey at the Davos meetings, both from the business world and the world of politics. 

On the other hand, Ali Babacan, the person we are used to seeing in Davos while holding several titles, including deputy prime minister, foreign minister, state minister in charge of economy and chief negotiator with the EU, will not be there this year. 

Except for writer Elif ?afak, who is a person always sought for in panels, this year, maybe for the first time, Turkey is conducting an important initiative in the fields of our history and cultural heritage. 

Going through a painful period in a painful region, it is a considerably pleasing development that Turkey is going to be mentioned. 

The Do?us Group, a regular at Davos, will be promoting the Göbeklitepe temple complex, which dates back some 12,000 years, near southeastern ?anl?urfa.  

The Do?u? Group will host a gala dinner for the Davos community for Göbeklitepe and a lunch in which UNESCO Director Irina Bokova will participate. 

Göbeklitepe is on UNESCO's Temporary World Heritage List and will definitely find a solid place on the world culture map thanks to Davos. 

Prof. Mehmet Özdo?an from Istanbul University's archeology department will lecture on Göbeklitepe during two separate sessions within the WEF. 

Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu will deliver a speech on "Turkey's Global Role" in Davos, while Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu and Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet ?im?ek will participate in several sessions. 

?im?ek will be in the same session as famous American economist Joseph Stiglitz. 

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