Welcome to the 49th St. Gallen Symposium. We – Lia, Elisabeth and Severin – are incredibly happy to represent the International Students’ Committee. Let me be honest – I love the St. Gallen Symposium and I love the ISC. It’s an amazing feeling to be your host, as several other teams have been in the past. We are so honored and proud to be part of this initiative and to be able to carry on the dialogue between today and tomorrow and to further develop the St. Gallen Symposium.
But we will come back to that later. First, let me tell you something else. Let’s say as a child your parents or later in life your partner or loved-ones came to you and said “we need to talk”. What was going through your mind at this moment? Well, I cannot answer this for you but I for myself mostly thought, “I messed up”.
Tonight we are telling you that we need to talk. We need to talk about the lack of action that current leaders seem to be showing – something which is concerning us. This is how our generation is thinking and why so many millennials are taking matters to the streets more often. There is a reason why thousands of students across 25 cities in Switzerland demonstrated against climate change in March and April – all over the world way more than 1 million people did the same. We are expressing our worries and concerns about the future – especially about our future.