World Economic Forum

Global Competitiveness: Good But Room for Improvement

Chris Jones | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

The annual report ranks the wealth and productivity of a country, and shows how good its long-term economic policies are. But even though we may perceive ourselves as forward-thinking, we aren't beating the likes of Singapore, Japan, and The Netherlands. So what's the secret for reaching the top?

Nigeria's May Day: Northern Christians Cry for Help

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

We pray that God will help our security forces bring Boko Haram's campaign of hate to a swift end before the whole country is sucked into a religious war.... Nigerians are proud people. We are able to take care of our own problems and often are the first to offer assistance to other African neighbours. But we are desperate and we are fighting for our lives. We cannot let evil triumph.

Planet Appetite: Ski Adventures in Davos and Klosters, Switzerland

Rupert Parker | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

If you been awed by news reports from the World Economic Forum in Davos, then you might not immediately think of it as a holiday destination. The twin villages of Davos and Klosters are magnets for both royals and world leaders but they're also attractive ski destinations with a literary past

Hodge Slams 'Two-Faced' Coalition Over Stopping Tax Dodgers

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Politics

Margaret Hodge has accused the "two-faced" coalition of not being "assertive" enough in its crack down on corporations avoiding tax. The Public Ac...

Brazilian Paper Loves Osborne And His 'Rosy Cheeks'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne may have his critics in Britain but he will be more than delighted to know he is a "transformer" who has "never stopped to amaze". I...

Travelling the World Without the Jetlag

Francine Lacqua | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Francine Lacqua

Another jam-packed Davos has come to an end, and with it, numerous business deals secured - it is understood that AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, has discussed potential European acquisitions with the region's top telecommunications official, Neelie Kroes - as well as policy ideas between governments thrashed out behind closed doors...

Reflections on Davos: It's Not Just Women Who Are Working Towards Gender Equality

Cherie Blair | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

Last week, I attended my sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland. I attended many of the sessions in and out of the forum and there was no shortage of women's faces. But appearances can be deceptive. Many women attending did so, not as delegates but as staffers or spouses of the delegates. Sadly this year among the 2,500 delegates, only 16% were female, down from 17% in 2013 - its highest ever. Yet, despite this, there was a real feeling that it was time to get serious about ensuring that 50% of the world's population get their fair share of the world's resources.

Climate Change May Trigger the Next Financial Crisis

Jane Burston | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Jane Burston

This year, a semblance of calm had returned. With the immediate crisis receding, different conversations were again possible - social entrepreneurship, sustainability and society were back on the menu alongside the staple diet of financial performance.

Why Davos Has Left Me With the Feeling That 2014 Is the Year the World Can and Must Rise to the Climate Challenge

Christiana Figueres | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

The mood, ambition and announcements at the World Economic Forum in Davos has left me feeling more energized and confident than ever that 2014 will be the year when the world can and must come together to meet the growing challenge of climate change and seize the opportunities manifest in a transition to a low carbon economy.

Fracking: Are Environmentalists Missing the Point?

John Bunzl | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

With Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of fracking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, it seems environmentalists still haven't understood what they're up against. For the problem isn't fracking, but something broader, more global, and far more pervasive.

WATCH: Did Cameron Just Curse British Model Maker Hornby?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron took to the stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos to trumpet the British businesses moving their operations increasingly back to Br...

Whole-System Thinking Is Key in the Quality Versus Cost Debate

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Global leaders gathering in Davos this week once again find the world's response to growing healthcare pressures high on their agenda. Good health - both mental and physical - remains one of the most pressing social and economic issues of our time, consuming the largest share of the world's GDP and growing.

Casino Banking Is Incompatible With a Democratic Society

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

I believe that what the financial crisis has demonstrated most importantly is that unless we have the operation of finance under democratic control we cannot truly claim to live in a democracy: the objective of Green Party policy outlined in our new report Stepping Outside the Casino is to achieve this democratic control.

Paxo Grills Bill Gates On Wealth Inequality

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

Jeremy Paxman interviewed Microsoft founder Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday, tackling wealth inequality, international aid...

Stop Going After The Tax Affairs Of Big Business, Treasury Urges Hodge

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

International companies are being put off doing business in Britain by the fear of being attacked over their tax affairs by MPs like Margaret Hodge, t...

Building Trust, One Customer at a Time

BG Srinivas | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Tech
BG Srinivas

Every year, I look forward to the special gathering in Davos, Switzerland that is the World Economic Forum. Participants come armed with ideas - ideas that can help improve the state of the world.

Does Davos Matter?

Simon Evenett | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Simon Evenett

My immediate reaction is "to whom?" Obviously to the corporate leaders, analysts, and political leaders who attend the World Economic Forum's annual event, otherwise they wouldn't bother going. But should the rest of us be concerned?

Davos - An Important Meeting of Minds

Francine Lacqua | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Francine Lacqua

Today, I write to you from Davos, Switzerland, home of the World Economic Forum Annual meeting. Here, global business leaders, heads of state and other leading religious and academic figures converge in their thousands on this remote and very picturesque mountain top to discuss the macro socio-economic issues of the day.

Pope Francis' Message For The Rich Guys At Davos

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

As the global elite and the world's wealthiest gather in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Pope Francis has some words of advice: use the billions to ser...

Solving the 'Big Brother Problem' That Affects Every One of Us

Salil Shetty | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salil Shetty

Some of the most memorable headlines of 2013 involved personal privacy, data security and intelligence gathering issues from all corners of the globe - from the US to Brazil, from Australia to India. But what has bothered me about the conversation to date is the way it has been framed by some defenders of mass surveillance programmes. We must choose, they say, between security or privacy, protection or liberties.

Businesses Can't Afford to Ignore Climate Change Any Longer

Peter Bakker | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Bakker

Yes, we need to talk about jobs and growth and inequality, but businesses can't afford to ignore climate change any longer. Business holds many of the technologies and solutions that can create the transformation the world needs. And the business case to do so is strong. Business must now scale up the implementation of these solutions.

Tiny Elite Who Could Fit Onto This Bus Are As Wealthy As 3.5 BILLION Poorest

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The richest 85 people in the world, who could fit onto a single double-decker bus, have just as much wealth as the poorest half of world. The shock...

Africa's Next Billion Can World Leaders Help Us Reap the Benefits of the Demographic Dividend?

Esther Worae | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Esther Worae

Speaking as a midwife and one of the 1.1 billion people living in Africa, to my mind, there is one recurring topic that perfectly fits this year's theme: "Reshaping of the World"- and that is the future of our people.

Progress in Health and Education, But Gender Parity Lagging in Workforce - Report

Maria Caspani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Although the world has made strides in closing the gender gap when it comes to health and education, countries need to bolster efforts to increase women's participation in politics and the workforce, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said in a report on Friday.

Women Are Losing the Bonus Battle, but If You Can't Beat 'Em - Change 'Em

Ann Francke | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Francke

The higher women get the fewer there are, and the less they are paid. Yet girls get better grades, are the majority at university and are the majority of junior managers. A McKinsey study in 2012 showed exactly the same pattern at over 60 companies surveyed. It seems that even after all these years, ladies still slip off the ladder.