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World Economic Forum

WEF
World Economic Forum
91-93 route de la Capite
CH-1223 Cologny (Geneva)
Tel: 
(+41 22) 869 12 12
Fax: 
(+41 22) 786 27 44
Description

The World Economic Forum (the Forum) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.

Organization: 
Non-governmental and business organizations
Established: 
1970
Staff: 
140
Chief/Director: 
Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman
Activities: 

Through task forces and initiatives, the Forum involves Members, Partners and other constituents in joint efforts to achieve tangible outcomes on key global, regional and industry challenges. The Forum uses a number of events, including its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Regional Meetings, Competitiveness Meetings and Reports, to further its work. These events gather key global players from all sectors of society including governments, business, academia, religion, NGOs and the media.

The Forum’s environment work is part of its Centre for Public-Private Partnerships and aims to engage private, public and non-governmental actors to respond collectively to environmental challenges and to contribute to identifying and implementing practical solutions. The Forum’s environmental projects currently include:

  • The Climate Change Initiative, under the umbrella of the G8 +5 Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development;
  • The Water Initiative, launched to build multistakeholder partnerships to improve the management and governance of water for communities, businesses and the environment;
  • The Carbon Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB).
Cooperation: 

The Forum works with a wide range of UN agencies (e.g. WHO, UNEP, UNAIDS, UNICEF), NGOs (e.g. WWF, Pew Center for Climate Change), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and other international organizations.

Publications: 

See the website.

Keywords: 
climate change
standards
freshwater
public awareness
business & environment