Risks, robots, rock stars, and the global elite – it’s all there in the Swiss mountaintop. Photo: Matthew LloydLeonardo DiCaprio rips into Big Oil at Davos summit: ‘Enough is enough’
The great and the good of the global economy will start schmoozing in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Those attending the World Economic Forum’s 46th annual meeting will ponder the urgent issues of the day (this year’s theme is “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”), hash out deals, and fight to get into the best cocktail parties. In between celebrity sightings, what everyone will really be talking about are the big risks they’re going to have to deal with when they get home.
At least they’re not in imminent danger of getting replaced by a robot, unlike some of the people they’re hearing about in the WEF’s latest research.
Switzerland is famously expensive, and this extends to the WEF. Revenue from fees charged to sponsor its conferences, in Davos and beyond, has climbed steadily.
The Davos mountaintop constitutes a bizarre bubble in many ways, not least in its persistent gender inequality. Having faced sharp criticism about this over the years, the WEF is getting a bit better: Half of the conference’s six co-chairs are women. There’s still a long way to go.
Nonetheless, men and women alike will be enjoying the fabulousness and glamour of the rock stars descending on the town … Rock Star Davos
Government rock star: Justin TrudeauBusiness rock star: Mary BarraEconomic rock star: Christine LagardeBanking rock star: Tidjane ThiamHollywood rock star: Leonardo DiCaprioRobot rock star: HUBORock star denier: will.i.amActual rock star: Bono
… all scheduled to attend, with security to match. Safe and Sound
Switzerland has deployed a total of 4500 military and police, about 5 per cent of them full-time soldiers.Security includes two surface-to-air missile systems.About 100 of the 2500 participants get special security coverage.Attendees will be hemmed in by 46 kilometres of fences, 10 per cent more than a year ago.Zurich Airport will contend with about 1000 additional plane and helicopter takeoffs and landings during the meeting.
Sources: Zurich Airport, Swiss army and police for the Canton of Graubuenden.