Tanya Beckett: What to expect from Davos 2012
24 January 2012 Last updated at 20:43 GMT
Business and political leaders have started to descend upon the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the World Economic Forum.
The organisers of this year's meeting have put some difficult questions on the agenda.
The BBC's Tanya Beckett outlines what some of those questions are and why Davos is so important.