(WXIA) -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is among nearly 150 people invited to the 62nd annual Bilderberg conference, being held this year in Copenhagen, Denmark, from May 29 to June 1.
The meetings generally include political leaders and experts from other fields, including industry, finance, the media and the academic world.
Generally, two-thirds of the participants come from Europe, the remainder are generally from North America. About a third of them come from governmental bodies, while the rest come from other fields.
The first such conference took place at the Hotel de Bilderberg in the Netherlands in 1954, and it is from that first conference that the organization took its name.
In the private meetings, the participants will discuss matters concerning global politics, economics and technology. The conference has released a preliminary list of key topics for discussion at this year's sessions, including:
- Is the economic recovery sustainable?
- Who will pay for the demographics?
- Does privacy exist?
- How special is the relationship in intelligence sharing?
- Big sifts in technology and jobs
- The future of democracy and the middle class trap
- China's political and economic outlook
- The new architecture of the Middle East
- What next for Europe?
- Current events
The meetings are governed by what is called the "Chatham House Rule" which stipulates that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor of any other participant may be revealed.
"The conference is a forum for informal discussions about major issues facing the world," according to a release from the Bilderberg Group, which coordinates the conference. "Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of their office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights. There is no desired outcome, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued."