WORLD leaders and top CEOs are meeting in Davos in Switzerland from January 22 to 25 to discuss how to steer policy amid worries of slowing economic growth, damaging trade wars and Brexit.
When is Davos 2019 and what is it?
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos started on January 22 and concludes on Friday, January 25.
For nearly 50 years, world business and political leaders have headed to the small Swiss village to discuss the future of the global economy with the collective mission statement of the organising body, the WEF, to “improve the state of the world”.
The event was first held in 1971 and was originally named the European Management Forum before being renamed in 1987.
What is this year’s theme?
The theme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos this year will be Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a New Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
A report by Oxfam said the gap between the richest and poorest people in the world is widening.
One key item on the agenda will be creating a more inclusive capitalism.
In the past 30 years the number of people in extreme poverty has fallen.
What’s happened so far at Davos 2019?
On the first day of the WEF in Davos, Prince William interviewed Sir in which they discussed a range of issues including glaciers, filming challenges and plastic pollution.
After congratulating Sir David for winning the crystal award from the World Economic Forum, he asked how the world had changed since he started his broadcasting career in the 1950s.
According to the Guardian, Sir David said that back then, the world felt unexplored and exciting, particularly when visiting the Tropics for the first time.
He explained: “You really got the feeling about how it must have been in the Garden of Eden.”
Prince William asked: “Why have politicians been too slow to recognise the climate change problem?”
The broadcaster replied that people were out of touch with nature, and don’t tend to recognise the true impact of our activity on the environment.
Asked how “urgent the climate change crisis” is, Sir David said that it was hard to overstate the issue.
He added that with the world’s population so high, and humans so powerful, that we could kill off entire ecosystems without realising.
Sir David also alluded to the growing tide of plastic waste filling our oceans.
And in one lighthearted moment while being shown a dramatic clip from the show, Sir David told Prince William that it was difficult capturing the precise moment a glacier “calved” the piece of skyscraper-sized ice.
The Duke of Cambridge smiled and quipped: “Quite like children, Sir David, unpredictable.”
Is Donald Trump going to Davos this year?
The US president will not be attending Davos because the government is still shut down.
He tweeted on January 10: “Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety for our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.
“My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF.”
It was previously thought that Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin would be at the meeting.
However, press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: ”Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as needed, President Trump has canceled his Delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.”
Who else will be missing from this year’s Davos?
Theresa May will not be attending Davos so she can focus on getting her Brexit deal over the line.
The news came after she suffered a defeat of 432 to 202 after the House of Commons rejected her Brexit deal.
She unveiled her “plan B” on January 21 and has until January 29 to convince MPs of her deal before they are set to vote again on that day.
What happened at 2018’s WEF?
US President Trump was in attendance at last year’s meeting in January.
He told them: “I will always put America First. Just like the leaders of other countries should put their countries first.
“When the United States grows, so does the world.
“American prosperity has created countless jobs around the globe and the drive for excellence, creativity and innovation in the United States has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and healthier lives.”
Theresa May told the forum: “As we leave the European Union, the UK will continue to be a global advocate of free trade.
“Pushing for progress on WTO discussions; seeking to bring new partners to the table – and, of course, after we have left the EU, developing new bi-lateral deals with countries across the world.”
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The theme for 2018 was Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.
Inspirational Malala Yousafzai told the meeting: “I haven’t met a single prime minister who would not send their own children to school.
“All of them send their children to school, their children go to university, they do not need any explanation as to how important education is.
“But when it comes to the rest of the world’s children, they struggle a bit. So you have to keep on reminding them.”
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