Davos 2015: world leaders still care more about economic competition than the environment

Olivia Arigho-Stiles

This article was published on Left Foot Forward here  (26.01.15)

In their annual festival of networking, workshops and Dom Pérignon, the world’s business and political leaders last week convened for the 45th World Economic Forum in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos.

With delegates descending in a carbon-infused haze of over 1700 private jets and paying a reported $40,000 a ticket, the likelihood of meaningful resolutions on climate change and global inequality were nebulous from the start.

Davos, Switzerland.

A forum to discuss solutions to today’s environmental and economic challenges, those who naively expected hard promises on climate issues will undoubtedly be left frustrated. With only 17 per cent of attendees being women, Davos’ commitment to promoting gender equality appears just as flimsy.

The environment was ostensibly high up on the 2015 agenda, with over 23 sessions dedicated to climate change, resources security and sustainability. The President of…

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