Davos Notebook

Let’s end world hunger

January 24, 2012

Last year was a milestone year for raising awareness and advancing a global dialogue about the challenge of doubling food production by 2050 to combat hunger and malnutrition and meet the needs of a fast-growing population. Recent attention paid to the birth of the 7 billionth human on earth did much to help drive this global conversation. But looking ahead to 2012 and beyond, our challenge – in fact our imperative – must be to translate this momentum into action.

from Mohamed El-Erian:

Davos at a distance

January 17, 2012

I’ve never been to Davos, despite attempts by many over the years to persuade me to go. Don’t get me wrong. I understand that it is a special event for many people, and for many reasons. It is anchored by wide-ranging and engaging agendas, and participants get to mingle with a global cornucopia of important people. It is also the place to see and be seen for heads of state, politicians, academics, thought-leaders, media pundits, CEOs, and movie stars.

from Breakingviews:

Euro zone crisis may be close to resolution

January 28, 2011

By Hugo Dixon
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Is Davos toxic? (for your health)

January 29, 2011

This is part of a series written by Anya Schiffrin, author of “Bad News,” and the wife of Nobel Prize Winner Joseph Stiglitz. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Felix Salmon:

Wine list of the day, Davos edition

January 28, 2011

The prize for most obnoxious party at Davos was won on the first night, with the Davos Tasting put on by the Wine Forum.

Davos and the never-ending Doha round

January 28, 2011

This year’s World Economic Forum offers not one but two meetings of trade ministers on the never-ending Doha round. Besides the traditional Saturday lunch hosted by Switzerland on Saturday, this year featuring 26 ministers plus WTO chief Pascal Lamy, the EU is holding a dinner on Friday for the G7 – that’s the trade G7: Australia, Brazil, China, EU, India, Japan and USA.

from Felix Salmon:

Nick Clegg’s inaccessible press event

January 27, 2011

One of the big changes to the ecology of the Davos conference center this year, after its $37 million revamp, is that there's now a whole level at the top which is off-limits to the working press and accessible only to fully-fledged delegates with coveted white cards. There are a couple of conference rooms up there -- called Aspen 1 and Aspen 2 -- which is normally no big deal, given that the working press isn't allowed in to conference sessions anyway.

Emerging healthcare opportunities

January 27, 2011

By Joe Jimenez, CEO of Novartis. The opinions expressed are his own.

As the global economy begins to see signs of recovery, with momentum from emerging markets like China, Russia, India and Brazil driving recent economic gains, there is a lot of buzz about how companies can best capitalize on the new growth opportunities these markets can offer.

Can Europe rise to the China challenge?

January 27, 2011

— Dirk Jan van den Berg is President of Delft University of Technology, former chairman of the IDEA League of European Universities, and former Dutch ambassador to China and the UN. —