EUROPE: Archbishop of Canterbury to speak at Global Economic Forum

January 29, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will lead the closing session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010 in Davos, Switzerland, with a discussion on "Being Responsible for the Future." The archbishop's contribution will be available to watch live on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10.45-11.30 a.m. GMT at The theme of this year's meeting is "Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild" and among the particular focuses are strengthening economic and social welfare, ensuring sustainability and creating a values framework. Williams will be offering his reflections on the importance of pursuing these goals, and their connection to a wider understanding of what constitutes human well-being. Williams will be joined in conversation by six representatives of the British Council's Global Changemaker program, and by Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, who will be chairing the closing session. The closing session draws together five days of working sessions, where more than 2,500 business, government, civil society, academic and cultural leaders are addressing pressing challenges and future risks. The archbishop is among more than a dozen faith leaders attending the 40th anniversary of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The archbishop's address follows a trip to New York, during which he spoke at the Trinity Institute's 2010 Conference "Building an Ethical Economy," and met with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.