Forum addresses food security
The World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos brought together a highly influential group of leaders to discuss collaborative approaches to addressing sustainable agriculture in a world where food stocks are diminishing. Josette Sheeran, World Food Programme Executive Director, Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General and Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT exchanged views on the impact of food commodity price increases and how these affect the World Food Programme's work assisting the world's hungry.
Sunday 27 January
Davos and after – beyond the conversation
The Davos conversation continues – If you are inspired by what you saw at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting this year or disagree with what the world leaders said then join the conversation by sending in your video and share your ideas with the world. President Shimon Peres of Israel, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, rock star Bono and oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson along with numerous business leaders have already taken part.
Annual Meeting closes with call for a new kind of collaborative leadership The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 has closed with a call by business, government and civil society leaders for a new brand of collaborative and innovative leadership to address the challenges of globalization, particularly the pressing problems of conflict, terrorism, climate change and water conservation.
"Globalization is forcing changes in how people collaborate in a fundamental way," said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and one of the Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting 2008, at the closing plenary session. "You need stronger and stronger collaborative political leadership."
Award to Prince Charles for "Outstanding Leadership in Interfaith Cooperation"
The World Economic Forum’s Community of West and Islam Dialogue presented a special award to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The ceremony which took place last month was in acknowledgement of Prince Charles' long-standing commitment to promoting shared moral and humanitarian principles of all faiths.
World Economic Chorus
Leading a company really can be like conducting an orchestra. In a fitting close to the Annual Meeting, the power of collaborative innovation was explored musically in a unique exercise with conductor Benjamin Zander. Participants learned that rhythm, cadences and harmony are important in business too.
In the fourth year of the Davos "workshops with a difference" participants were challenged to channel their creative and intellectual efforts into developing solutions to global problems that are actionable, practical and sustainable. Activities were based on the Annual Meeting's theme of the Power of Collaborative Innovation, with a running theme of "communities at work".