[Updated 4:45 p.m. Monday, January 23] The photo above shows a couple of Swiss soldiers shoveling snow in Davos, Switzerland.
Once again, high-level government officials, thought leaders and CEOs from virtually every corner of the globe will gather in the Swiss Alps for the annual Davos meetings. Once again, the agenda is wide-ranging and interesting. And, once again, those of us witnessing the festivities from afar will hope that this impressive mix of brainpower and personalities can contribute to a better understanding of what ails the world and, importantly, what needs to be done to improve global welfare.
Cornelia Meyer, CEO and chairman of MRL, discusses her outlook for the eurozone.
The big issues in the air at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos were privacy and "big data" -- the vast amounts of revealing information we generate when using computers and mobile phones. Pundits have framed the discussion in simplistic terms, as an epic struggle between individual rights and corporate profits.
Virus hunter Dr. Nathan Wolfe says we can mine "big data" to stop disease outbreaks before they spread
CNN's Richard Quest asks singer Jose Carreras how he felt about being honored at Davos for his work against leukemia.
Opera singer Jose Carreras says celebrities have a duty to use their popularity to give something back to society.
A small explosion occurred at the Post Hotel Morosani in Davos, Switzerland. CNN's John Defterios reports.
It was high drama for a couple of hours on the second day of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
There was a "little explosion" Thursday at the Post Hotel Morosani in Davos, Switzerland, which is hosting the high-powered annual World Economic Forum this week, police there said.
iReporter Trevor Dougherty on his first day at Davos as the youngest American at the WEF 2011.
CNN's Richard Quest offers a primer on this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
MME talks with the former British ambassador to the United Nations about how to tackle unemployment and economic inequality.
The global economic crisis exposed fault lines in our capitalist system with such ferocity that even the most optimistic of analysts struggled to predict when -- or even whether -- a full recovery was possible.
With many countries emerging slowly from the global financial crisis, the theme at this year's annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos is "Shared Norms for the New Reality."
It is hard to believe the 30th anniversary of the World Economic Forum at Davos is upon us.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced plans Friday to invest $10 billion in the fight against a number of illnesses including AIDS and said the record donation could save nearly nine million lives.
Rep. Barney Frank discusses what he hopes to achieve at the World Economic Forum.
A powerful member of the United States Congress said countries that provide offshore havens for risky financial practices could face U.S. sanctions similar to Iran.
I was born in 1938 in Germany, but I was very fortunate. My father was the managing director of a Swiss machinery company, and during the war I spent time in Switzerland.
China's leadership succession process will step up a gear on Thursday when Li Keqiang, the man widely tipped to be the country's next premier, addresses the World Economic Forum.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy walked into the lion's den of capitalism in Davos Wednesday and rammed his message of reform down the throats of the world's bankers and chief executives.
Klaus Schwab, the economist behind Davos, says he is optimistic about economic recovery.
On the eve of the 40th World Economic Forum at the Swiss resort of Davos, the economist behind it all says he's optimistic about life after recession.
A year ago business leaders and politicians from around the world gathered in a picturesque alpine resort in Switzerland to discuss how best to navigate the stormy waters of a global recession.
CNN's Richard Quest puts these themes to the humble snowman, but will the Snowman be better after his 'makeover'?
After the Democrats' electoral defeat in Massachusetts last week, President Barack Obama beefed up both the substance of financial reform and the rhetoric designed to sell his policies, but stopped short of a change of personnel.
A Fareed Zakaria GPS panel discusses solutions for the global economic woes.
David Cameron, the leader of the UK's opposition Conservative Party, is discussing whether economic growth should be pursued at the expense of the environment.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour talks to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown about the global economic crisis and how to fix it.
CNN's Richard Quest talks with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about call for international aid.
CNN Fareed Zakaria comments on the mood of the world economic forum in Davos Switzerland.
Thousands turned out to greet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his return home from Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, a day after a heated exchange with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres over Israel's military campaign in Gaza.
One of the more repeated comments heard in the after hours chatter in the salons of Davos was that no one from the financial industry has actually apologized for the mess they've created in the global financial system.
Royal Dutch Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer joins CNN to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis
From January 28 to February 1 CNN is broadcasting live and reporting online from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the world's leading power brokers and moneymakers gather to discuss the state of the world in 2009.
Royal Ascot it ain't. But here in Davos, a hat is more than something to put on your head; it is a statement -- as much of preparedness as of status.
Klaus Schwab sits down with CNN's Richard Quest and talks about the upcoming World Economic Forum.
The head of the World Economic Forum has urged delegates to respond to the global economic crisis by shaping a "new world" as they braved snowstorms, icy roads and subzero temperatures Tuesday to gather for the five-day annual brainstorm in the Swiss Alps.
At last year's gathering of the world's elite at this Alpine ski resort, the tone was one of unbridled optimism. CEOs, government leaders and heads of NGOs had the luxury to discuss the rapid growth in new technologies, innovation in the financial industry (oops), and ways to combat hunger, disease and global warming. This year's World Economic Forum conjures a radically different zeitgeist.
This year's World Economic Forum meeting at Davos is supposed to discuss how to lift the world out of its economic and financial crisis, but not everyone is satisfied just talking about the problems. Aditya Mittal, for one, is trying to take matters into his own hands.
CNN's Charles Hodson tells you how to have your say at Davos 2009.
Heads of state, influential politicians, business leaders and global power brokers will gather in the Swiss Alps next week for the World Economic Forum -- with the perilous state of the planet's financial system set to top this year's agenda.
By the final day of this year's World Economic Forum, people were joking that the world had gone through a full economic cycle in the four days the conference had been underway. After a Monday on which global markets seemed in freefall, by Friday the Dow average amazingly showed a tiny gain for the week. Klaus Schwab, the paternalistic overseer of each year's Forum, was proudly talking of a "Davos effect" on world markets.
At the World Economic Forum, CNN's Becky Anderson and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda discuss the world economy.
The world will weather its financial storm, but must battle climate change, poverty and conflict to reap a new "industrial revolution," the global business elite said Sunday, trying to dispel pessimism that has hung over a major meeting in Switzerland.
From the closing session of WEF, CNN's Hala Gorani hosts a prestigious panel of business and government leaders.
Collaborative innovation may have been the theme of this year's event in Davos, but it's the threat of global recession that is the main topic of conversation as the event begins. CNN's Becky Anderson, Charles Hodson and Richard Quest will be bringing you extensive coverage of the event throughout the week.
Global finance chiefs drove home warnings over the market crisis Saturday, as concerns of a possible recession continued to trouble a meeting of world powerbrokers in Switzerland.
CNN's Richard Quest has been pressing his A-list guests for a vote for 'recession' or 'slowdown'.
Maurice Flanagan, Vice Chairman of the Emirates Group, talks about the aviation industry and the global economy.
CNN's Recession-o-meter -- our unscientific poll of financial experts at the World Economic Forum at Davos -- has spoken. And it's decided that the world economy is in slowdown, not recession.
A significant number of the bankers, regulators, credit agencies and other key players whose errors, omissions and greed contributed to the current financial crisis are at the World Economic Forum in Davos - and they all seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet.
CNN's Charles Hodson sits down with Bill Gates, who is in Davos to convince other big businesses to spread the wealth.
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates announced a new direction Friday as he pledged $306 million in grants to develop farming in poor countries, leading the charge for corporate responsibility at a major meeting of business chiefs.
Economic worries were the main topic of conversation among CEOs and politicians at the start of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos, and it seems to be one of the top issues on your minds, too.
YouTube users share their thoughts on the questions that should be tackled at Davos 2008.
They may have ridden to the rescue of Citigroup and Merrill Lynch in the past couple of months, but the rise of so-called sovereign wealth funds - huge state investment vehicles from places like Russia, Kuwait and Singapore with billions of dollars to invest - has sparked a nervous reaction in the U.S. and prompted official calls for the funds to be subject to an international code of conduct.
Viewpoint: Global leaders still flock to the annual World Economic Forum. But they no longer shape the global agenda
"In many crucial areas, the world is getting better...but it's not getting better fast enough, and it's not getting better for everyone," Bill Gates said in Davos on Thursday as he called for a more concerted global drive toward what he calls "Creative Capitalism." He said that companies, especially the biggest ones, can improve the lot of the world's least privileged by better aligning their self-interest with the good of society.
CNN's Charles Hodson talks with Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Ben Verwaayen, CEO of BT joins CNN's Richard Quest in Davos, Switzerland to give some analysis on the global economy.
What will be the biggest question asked at Davos this year? The environment, economic development and energy security will all be hot topics discussed by the rich and powerful who will gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum from January 23 to 27.
If there's a sweet smell at this year's Global Economic Forum, it's unlikely to be success.
Bleak forecasts for the global economy dominated Wednesday's opening of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, but business and government leaders were divided over the possibility of a global recession.
DAVOS: Given worldwide financial jitters, I think the sense of urgency at Davos is palpable. If there was ever a need to have an intelligent truly global debate, it is now. The issues here are pressing and real-time. Attendees from outside the U.S. are feeling penalized, and there is real concern that the U.S. doesn't have the leadership to respond properly, and that that response may become overly political given the ongoing campaign.
There's a lot of snow in Davos for this year's World Economic Forum, but a noticeable lack of the usual sunny American optimism about economic prospects.
Avalanching global markets were expected to come crashing onto the agenda in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week as world leaders and big business names gathered for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab talks to CNN's Charles Hodson about his hopes for the 2008 Davos meeting.
From January 23 to 27 the sleepy Swiss town of Davos will be overrun with some of the biggest names in business and politics for five days of talking, networking, schmoozing and skiing.
Tony Blair will lead a prestigious panel in a unique CNN and World Economic Forum joint debate, to be televised on CNN from this year's event in Davos.
With over 200 public figures attending this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, the Swiss town is set to be a real-life who's who of international statesmen and politicians. Below we've profile a few of this year's big hitters.
I was sitting in a session at Davos idly doing e-mail when I suddenly slapped my laptop closed and listened, amazed. Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, on stage, was asserting that global warming doesn't much matter, that Al Gore deliberately omitted contradictory information from his movie "An Inconvenient Truth," and that the world would be better off using money it is spending to comply with the Kyoto Protocol to improve water supplies.
I'll reiterate what I said in a feature story I wrote for the current issue of Fortune - Second Life is important not because it resembles a game, or because of how many people are signing up, or the big companies starting to do business inside it. What convinces me it is one of the most significant technology breakthroughs in history is that it is a platform on top of which users can create their own software and content, realize their ideas, and even make money.
About 2,400 businessmen and politicians are expected to attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, including 900 company chief executives and board chairs and 24 heads of state -- among them British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The grand ballroom at the Pierre Hotel in New York is an unlikely place to hear people talk about going clubbin', particularly when they're a bunch of Wall Street types wearing expensive suits.
You may know the scene from the bitterly satiric 1976 movie "Network:" The CEO of a big media conglomerate, Arthur Jensen (played by Ned Beatty), calls raving anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) into a darkened boardroom for a tongue-lashing.
"It is just amazing how parochial Americans are," I heard a voice just in front of me say. "Amazing," agreed another.
Eric Pooley reports: If a session at Davos isn't absolutely great I start to wish I was up on the mountain instead of down in the Congress Center. Right now all thoughts of skiing have been banished: Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, John Chambers and Niklas Zennstrom are talking about the next phase in the tech revolution, and how they're making it pay.
Justin Fox reports: For members of the Old Media, Davos remains stuck in a blissful time warp where they still matter and there's no Matt Drudge or Instapundit or Daily Kos around to cause trouble. Genius that he is, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab long ago swept the people who run the world's newspapers, magazines and TV networks into a tight embrace, and he's not letting go, at least not yet.
More than 2,300 people are attending the 2006 World Economic Forum in Davos this week.
Saving the world was on the agenda, but for many of the business leaders, academics and activists who attended the "Big Debate" at the World Economic Forum, the theme may very well have been: Saving the West from China and India.
The World Economic Forum, a gathering of leaders from the business world, media, academics, and assorted hollywood stars and do-gooders, is taking place this week. Fortune Magazine's journalists will keep you apprised of developments.
CNN has begun a week of coverage dedicated to the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, including documentaries, live debate, interviews and regular news updates.
More than 2,300 business and and political leaders are heading for the annual World Economic Forum, which opens in the Swiss alpine resort of Davos on Wednesday and concludes on Sunday.
Security was tight around the mountain town of Davos, Switzerland as global political and business leaders gathered for the annual World Economic forum.
French President Jacques Chirac has warned that "silent tsunamis" of despair, such as unemployment, are plaguing the world, and called on those attending the World Economic Forum help others.
"I do not see much hope in the political domain, but a lot of hope in the technological domain," said Shimon Peres last week at a private breakfast he hosted in a knotty wood-paneled ski-hotel dining room in Davos, Switzerland.
Here in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, technology has utterly lost the limelight. That's no surprise, considering that dot-com fever is a distant memory and that the leaders gathe...
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BACK IN NYC PREPPING FOR DAVOS, THIS YEAR AT THE WALDORF. IT HASN'T CHANGED. RATHER HOPE IT NEVER WILL. THE NICE PEOPLE FROM BUFFALO HAVE TO STAY SOMEWHERE. CALL ME A SNOB, CALL ME AT THE ST. REGIS...
There was plenty of news at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos: Antiglobalization protesters confronted Swiss police, Yasser Arafat excoriated Israel. And then there was this quiet little ann...
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