By Margaret Hedderman
As the whole world is talking about our collective economic woes, a group has gathered in Davos, Switzerland this week to talk not just about the problems, but the solutions as well. The annual World Economic Forum “is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
And the type of progress we’re talking about? Germany is set to announce a commitment of 1 billion euros to the World Global Fund, a financial agency that takes on AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
The World Economic Forum will run through January 27th. Issues range from “Health for All,” the environment, the economy, and social development. Talks include “Integrating Emerging Technologies,” “Earth’s Tipping Points,” and an open forum on “Mega Sporting Events – In Whose Interest?”
For a little over 40 years, the World Economic Forum has brought together what you might call “world thinkers” to discuss methods of improving life on Earth – no matter what country they harken from. Speakers include David Cameron, Thomas Friedman, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Dmitry Medvedev, and many other heads of state, bankers, media representatives, and leaders of nonprofit and research institutes.
All of the events are viewable via the internet at www.weforum.org.