Daily Archives: January 23, 2016

Davos 2016 – The Growth Illusion


World Economic Forum

Published on Jan 20, 2016

Have central banks broken the link between financial markets and the real economy?

This session was developed in partnership with The Wall Street Journal.

Mary Callahan Erdoes, Chief Executive Officer, Asset Management,
JPMorgan Chase & Co., USA
Raghuram G. Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
Anthony Scaramucci, Founder and Co-Managing Partner, SkyBridge Capital, USA
Axel A. Weber, Chairman of the Board of Directors, UBS Group, Switzerland

Moderated by:
Thorold Barker, Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Wall Street Journal, United Kingdom

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Davos 2016 – The Long Term Imperative


World Economic Forum

Published on Jan 21, 2016

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In an era of growing complexity and uncertainty, how can business leaders make decisions for the long-term?

Speakers:
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, USA.
Laurence Fink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, USA.
Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company, USA.
Güler Sabanci, Chairman and Managing Director, Haci Ömer Sabanci
Holding, Turkey.
Tidjane Thiam, Chief Executive Officer, Credit Suisse, Switzerland.
Mark Wiseman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada. Pension Plan Investment Board, Canada.

Moderated by:

Victor Halberstadt, Professor of Economics, Leiden University, Netherlands.

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Davos 2016 – Progress towards Parity


World Economic Forum

Published on Jan 22, 2016

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At the current pace, gender parity will not be achieved until 2133. What are the opportunities to achieve progress towards parity as the demand on workforces and societies rapidly shift?

On the agenda:
– Gender implications of future skills requirements – Advanced policies and partnerships
– Successful business strategies

· Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
· Jonas Prising, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ManpowerGroup,
USA
· Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board,
Facebook, USA
· Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
· Zhang Xin, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, SOHO China,
People’s Republic of China

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Davos 2016 – Staying Human


World Economic Forum

Published on Jan 23, 2016

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As emerging technologies open up new prospects for enhancing health and productivity, how can we ensure that our humanity and humanness are not lost?

· Justine Cassell, Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
· Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
· Henry T. Greely, Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law, Stanford University, USA
· Angela Hobbs, Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
· Amira Yahyaoui, Founder and Chair, Al Bawsala, Tunisia

Chaired by
· Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

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Davos 2016 – Press Conference: “The Humanitarian – Development Nexus: Can Relief B uild the …


World Economic Forum

Published on Jan 23, 2016

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Press Conference: “The Humanitarian – Development Nexus: Can Relief Build the Foundation for a more Resilient Future?

Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high and continue to increase to unsustainable levels, eating away at development gains. But humanitarian needs can decrease when and where we succeed in achieving long-term, sustainable and resilient development, as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. To do so, it is imperative that we take a more systematic approach to cooperation between humanitarian and development actors with resilience at its core.

Speakers:
Helen E. Clark **, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York
Badr Jafar **, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Enterprises, United Arab Emirates; Young Global Leader; Global Agenda Council on the Future of Oil & Gas
Stephen O’Brien **, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), New York
Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah **, Secretary-General, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, South Africa; Young Global Leader

Moderator:
Georg Schmitt **, Lead, Corporate Affairs and Foundations, World Economic Forum

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Davos 2016 – Press Conference: Launching Yield Wise – A food…


World Economic Forum

Published on Jan 23, 2016

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Press Conference: Launching Yield Wise – A food waste & loss initiative by the Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation’s Yield Wise Initiative is a $120 million seven year initiative that will focus primarily on food crop loss in developing countries, which directly affects poor and vulnerable people. We will also seize the opportunity to address food waste at the consumer and retail level in developed countries.

Solving for food loss and waste is important now and even more for the future, to better prepare to feed the growing global population, expected to be 9 billion by 2050.

Speakers:
Samuel Kass *, Chef and Nutritionist, USA
Judith Rodin **, President, Rockefeller Foundation, USA
Clyde C. Tuggle **, Senior Vice-President; Chief Public Affairs and
Communications Officer, The Coca-Cola Company, USA
Sani Dangote **, Group Vice-President, Dangote Group, Nigeria

Moderator:
Georg Schmitt **, Lead, Corporate Affairs and Foundations, World Economic Forum

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Davos 2016 – Press Conference: Presenting the latest Environmental Protection…


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Published on Jan 23, 2016

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Press Conference: Presenting the latest Environmental Protection Index by Yale University.

Historic global agreements this past year on climate change and sustainable development commit all countries to future growth trajectories that must balance development and environmental health. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), now in its 15th year, is launching its 2016 update assessing how countries and the world are performing on critical environmental issues related to ecosystem and human health.

Speakers:
Kathy Calvin **, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation, USA
Kim Samuel **, Director, Samuel Group of Companies, Canada
Angel Hsu **, EPI Director, Assistant Professor Yale-NUS College, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Moderator:
Oliver Cann **, Head of Media Content, World Economic Forum

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Where Are The World’s Nuclear Weapons Stored?


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Published on Jan 23, 2016

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Bill McKibben: Opinion: Time for divestment

Bill McKibben 12:05 a.m. EST January 23, 2016

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There are times when your desire to do good runs smack into your more mercenary impulses. Yes, you know that buying an electric car would be environmentally responsible, but the payments are high and you don’t want to worry about the battery. So, Subaru Outback.

But the divestment plan that Gov. Shumlin offered up in his State of the State address this month is like winning a free Tesla. You get to feel good, it goes really fast and far, and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

In fact, as testimony at the Statehouse last week made clear, if the state treasurer and state legislators had only agreed to divest from fossil fuels when the idea was first proposed three years ago, it would have been better than free: they would have saved the state’s pension fund $77 million in losses. When you think how hard the Legislature works to balance the budget each year, that’s an enormous number.

The savings come because energy stocks turn out to be a bad investment. The global divestment campaign — which began in the fall of 2012— is designed to slow global warming. And it’s been effective, driving home the basic point that the world’s fossil fuel companies have five times as much carbon as the world’s scientists think we can burn. That means that if we follow their business plan, the planet tanks — which in turn means they are rogue companies, like the ones invested in racist South Africa that Vermont divested from a generation ago. It’s a moral argument.

But it also turns out to be an economic argument, because increasingly states and nations are trying to turn away from fossil fuels, devaluing those reserves. As the governor of the Bank of England told leaders of the insurance industry last fall at Lloyds of London, they were heavily over-exposed to assets at a high risk of becoming “stranded” as this carbon bubble begins to deflate.

It’s too late for Vermont to lead the way here. Already California has done what Shumlin recommended, selling its coal stocks and launching a study of its oil and gas investments. They followed institutions like Sterling, Goddard and Green Mountain Colleges. Not to mention the biggest insurance companies in France and Germany, or the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund (which is the biggest pool of investment capital on earth) or, for that matter, the Rockefeller family, heirs to the original fossil fuel fortune, which decided that investing in fossil fuels was neither prudent nor moral. The total size of endowments divesting to date? $3.4 trillion with a T.

But the governor did provide a moment of powerful leadership, when he singled out ExxonMobil stock for divestment, citing the recent revelations that Exxon knew all about climate change 30 years ago but then spent tens of millions spreading deceit, disinformation and denial. This burgeoning #exxonknew scandal has already drawn the attention of federal legislators — Bernie Sanders, for instance, has declared that no Exxon executives will work in his administration, and Peter Welch has pushed hard for a federal investigation mirroring the one launched by the New York attorney general last fall. A decision to divest would be a powerful blow toward holding Exxon accountable.

Treasurer Beth Pearce has argued that it would be better to engage with companies to get them to change, and indeed she made the trip to Texas to argue at Exxon’s last shareholder meeting for some minor changes — changes she failed to win, not surprisingly since dissident shareholders have been making similar gestures for a quarter century. We don’t have time for another quarter-century of futility.

And we don’t have so much money in this state that we can keep wasting it indulging the treasurer’s wish to give corporations the benefit of the doubt. For three years she’s been relying on a study claiming that divestment would be costly. But it turns out her numbers were wrong, and all the other research was right. Had she acted morally, the state would have profited. Instead, she sat on her hands and the state’s pensioners — not to mention the planet — got burned.

Enough is enough — this session is the time for divestment.

Bill McKibben of Ripton is founder of the climate campaign 350.org.

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Global Metrics for The Environment

The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems.

http://www.epi.yale.edu/epi

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