Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has galvanised protests in Europe, Japan and the United States demanding stronger government action to fight global warming. -- AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News DAVOS, Switzerland — China and Germany on Wednesday defended global cooperation against the temptation of populism at the Davos forum of the world’s business elite, but a Swedish teenager emerged as the unlikely star after her urgent calls for climate action inspired schoolchildren around the world. Reactions against a longer-running style of populism also reared up at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), as Brazil and other regional countries joined the United States in recognising the head of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament as interim president, in defiance of firebrand leftist Nicolas Maduro. President Donald Trump’s more recent brand of on-the-edge politics dominated last year’s WEF when he came to Davos. Since then, he has launched a trade war … [Read more...] about At Davos, China and Germany tout openness as teenager plugs climate fight
French President Emmanuel Macron will not attend this year's world economic forum in Davos, an official at the president's office said on Friday (Jan 11), citing a busy schedule including debates launched in response to the "Yellow Vests" protests. French President Emmanuel Macron. (File photo: AFP/Ludovic Marin) The Elysee office said Macron would also be holding the second edition of his own forum with business leaders in Versailles on Jan 21, dubbed "Choose France". Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump canceled his own visit to the Davos forum in Switzerland, as he wrestles with political opponents over the federal government shutdown. REUTERS/ AFP … [Read more...] about French President Macron will not attend Davos forum this year
US President Donald Trump (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)"The President will attend, as he did last year," White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. This will mark the second year President Trump will attend Davos. Trump and roughly a dozen other White House officials will head to Switzerland for the conference, which will bring together powerful political and business leaders from January 22nd-25th. The US delegation will be led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The meeting will bring together over 3,000 participants from government, international organizations, business, civil society, media, culture, as well as the foremost experts and young people from all over the world. The theme for the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland
(Photo: Yonhap/VNA)The event drew the attention of some 800 entrepreneurs and government officials. It was also attended by Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong and the Republic of Korea (RoK) Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, as well as chief executives of Samsung, Hyundai Motor and SK, RoK’s top three conglomerates. The participants discussed the topics of global economy and regional cooperation, scientific and technological innovation, and inclusive growth. Addressing the conference, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who serves as Chairman of the BFA, emphasized that Asia is faced with a collection of challenges including anti-globalization, protectionism and isolationism, which represent the crisis of global uncertainties, calling upon Asian nations to cooperate closely to stick to multilateralism values. The BFA, also known as an Asian version of the World Economic Forum in Davos, was founded in 2001. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation that hosts high-level … [Read more...] about Boao Forum for Asia Seoul Conference 2018 opens
French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the conference, which was attended mainly by fellow multilateralists such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau AFP/Thomas SAMSON Conceived by French leader Emmanuel Macron, the Forum is intended to be part of the fightback against nationalism, with its format inspired by the annual business meeting in the Davos ski resort in Switzerland. The event opened Sunday (Nov 11), with speeches by Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN chief Antonio Guterres who warned in turn about the dangers of Trump-style populism. The idea is that the Paris event, which began symbolically on the centenary of the end of World War I, becomes an annual gathering to discuss democracy and international cooperation. "We have put on leaders' agenda the fact that every year, we will talk about multilateralism and our collective interests here," chief organiser Justin Vaisse told AFP. The remaining days - the Forum ran until Tuesday - featured round-table … [Read more...] about Can Macron’s ‘Davos for democracy’ make a difference?