The annual World Economic Forum(WEF), meet began in Davos today with a special message from Pope Francis being read out at the opening ceremony.
WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab declared the summit open amid the ski-resort receiving record snowfall. Schwab welcomed members from business, politics, academia and media as well as the first timers with a round of applause.
The Pope passionately called upon participants to overcome fragmentation between states and institutions and work together to facilitate more inclusive approaches in an increasingly globalised world.
He also applauded the summit’s theme ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’.
More than 3,000 world leaders from business, politics, art, academia and civil society would be participating in the summit and the the Indian presence is the largest ever with over 130 participants.>