Has he made the world a better place? AFP/Fabrice COFFRINI His foundation, which hosts many of the world's most powerful, famous and wealthy people at its annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, has clearly made an impact. But questions have grown about whether the organisation is meeting its declared goal of "improving the state of the world", with resentment rising against the pro-business Davos agenda, and voters turning instead to populist leaders. One persistent criticism is that WEF meetings, including this week's main annual gathering in Davos, have simply created a safe space for the corporate world to lobby governments without oversight. Schwab was not available for an interview with AFP but the WEF's managing director, Adrian Monck, said in an email that the organisation "subscribes to the highest standards of governance". "FRAGILE AUTHORITY" Schwab, born in Ravensburg, Germany, in 1938, was a little-known business professor at the University of Geneva when in … [Read more...] about Has Davos made the world better?
Stockholm events 2018
Vietnamese Ambassador to Sweden Doan Thi Phuong Dung (second, left) and Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (second, right) at the ceremony (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Sweden has organised a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Sweden in Stockholm capital city. Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström, First Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag (Parliament) Åsa Lindestam and Second Deputy Speaker of the Riksdag Lotta Johnsson Fornarve were among the guests at the January 15 event. Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Doan Thi Phuong Dung spoke highly of the traditional solidarity and friendship between the two countries over the past five decades. She used the occasion to thank the Swish Government and people for their valuable sentiments and support towards Vietnam during the past struggle for national independence as well as the … [Read more...] about 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Sweden diplomatic ties marked
The meeting, held every four years to share solutions on sustainable development, is now organized to consider the updated policy on co-sponsorship; the increase of cooperation between members of the GEF; the regulations on the transparent resource allocation system for the 7th period from 2018 – 2022; the plans and budget in 2019; the working schedule of GEF; the agreements on minor sponsorship and the agreements on implementing the national sponsorship program for the GEF in the period from 2018 – 2022. Participating in the series of event are environment ministers of many countries in the world, managers of the United Nations’ bodies, and leaders of multi-lateral financial organizations like Mr. Achim Steiner, CEO of the United Nations Development Program; Mr. Erik Solheim, CEO of the United Nations Environment Programme; Mr. Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Ms. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, … [Read more...] about 54th GEF Council meeting launched in Da Nang City