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Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2006 - Business, political and social leaders have mapped out the agenda for this year's World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which opened here today.


Building on the work of the Forum's Centre for Strategic Insight, participants discussed key global challenges and proposed responses tied to the theme of this year's meeting: The Creative Imperative. These were reviewed and analysed at a plenary session entitled "The Big Debate: Setting the Business Agenda", resulting in a set of questions that participants will be asked to address in this year's sessions and workshops.

Participants also reviewed public sentiment about these same critical challenges and responses, as reflected in the Voice of the People survey, which was conducted on the Forum's behalf by Gallup International. The survey polled almost 50,000 people in over 60 countries, and thus represents the views of some 2 billion citizens worldwide.

The Forum's survey, as well as others, highlighted a growing lack of confidence in the ability of national and international institutions to respond to the complex problems of a rapidly changing world, noted Ged Davis, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum. The deterioration of trust in both public and private leadership also emerged as a common theme at workshops and focus groups the Forum has conducted over the past year in various regions of the world.

The five key challenges to be addressed at this year's Meeting:
• The Emergence of China and India
• The Changing Economic Landscape
• New Mindsets and Changing Attitudes
• Creating Future Jobs
• Regional Identities and Struggles

Participants will seek to develop possible responses to these emerging issues under three broad headings:
• Building Trust in Public and Private Institutions
• Effective Leadership in Addressing Global Risks
• Innovation, Creativity and Design Strategy

The key questions raised by the participants in the brainstorming session were:
• What should be done to close income disparities?
• How should educational systems be designed to respond to changing skill requirements?
• How should business react to global imbalances?
• How should China and India maintain sustainable development and preserve the environment?
• How can we create a global educational framework that fosters inclusivity?


A number of participants argued that environmental concerns, such as global climate change, require a level of attention at least as great, if not greater, than purely economic issues such as job creation and wealth generation.


  Press Conference Red Campaign: Bono

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 26JAN06 - Bono, Musician, United Kingdom, launches 'Red' product line to help the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, captured at the Press Conference 'Red Campaign' also attended by Giorgio Armani, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Armani Spa, Italy, Richard Feachem, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva and John D. Hayes, Chief Marketing Officer, American Express Company, USA. Pictures taken at the Annual Meeting 2006 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2006.
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While in the middle of all the changes that are been discussed in Davos,we all should take time out and view the world we live in.

We should ensure our Corporate Responsibility does'nt just lay with regulations but rather with the full gambit of improving our world in every way.

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  The Role of Sports in Development: Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele), World Cup Soccer Champion and Director, Empresas Pele, Brazil

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 26JAN06 - Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele), World Cup Soccer Champion and Director, Empresas Pele, Brazil, captured during the session 'Can a Ball Change the World: The Role of Sports in Development' at the Annual Meeting 2006 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2006.
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