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January 24, 2008

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 Opens With Calls For Collaborative Innovation

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Photo: Impression of the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2008. (Copyright by World Economic Forum. Photo by Annette Boutellier)


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Photo: Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, captured during the 'Opening Address' at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008. (Copyright by World Economic Forum. Photo by Andy Mettler)


Davos, Switzerland, 23 January 2008 - The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 has opened with calls from the Co-Chairs to exercise "The Power of Collaborative Innovation" to meet the top challenges of economic instability, climate change and equitable growth.


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Photo: Tony Blair (L), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007); Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 and Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State captured during the Opening Plenary at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008. (Copyright by World Economic Forum. Photo by Remy Steinegger)


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Photo: Condoleezza Rice (L), US Secretary of State and Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, USA; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 captured during the session 'Opening Plenary' at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008. (Copyright by World Economic Forum. Photo by Remy Steinegger)


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Photo: Yasuo Hayashi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan, captured during the session '2008 World Economic Brainstorming: Addressing Uncertainty' at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008. (Copyright by World Economic Forum. Photo by Remy Steinegger)

"This is a moment of greater insecurity and challenge in the world today, but it makes a meeting like this all the more important. The theme of the Annual Meeting, 'The Power of Collaborative Innovation' is the answer to all the big global challenges we are facing," said Co-Chair Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007) and Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum.


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Photo: A participant of the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 23, 2008 reads the Financial Times, informing herself about the stock exchange turbulences. (Copyright by World Economic Forum. Photo by Andy Mettler)

In total, over 240 sessions are taking place over the course of the five-day Meeting, as well as related smaller, private meetings and the Open Forum, which the general public is invited to attend. The programme is organized around five sub-themes:

• Business: Competing While Collaborating
• Economics and Finance: Addressing Economic Insecurity
• Geopolitics: Aligning Interests across Divides
• Science and Technology: Exploring Nature's New Frontiers
• Values and Society: Understanding Future Shifts

More than 2,500 participants from 88 countries are in Davos, Switzerland, including 27 heads of state or government, 113 cabinet ministers, along with religious leaders, media leaders and heads of non-governmental organizations. Around 60% of the participants are business leaders drawn principally from the Forum's members - 1,000 of the foremost companies from around the world and across all economic sectors.

The Co-Chairs of the meeting are:

• Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007); Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum
• James Dimon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co., USA
• K.V. Kamath, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank, India
• Henry Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, USA
• Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA
• David J. O'Reilly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron, USA
• Wang Jianzhou, Chairman and Chief Executive, China Mobile Communications Corporation, People's Republic of China

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