January 26th, 2012
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(CNN) - The line-up of some of the biggest names in politics and business continues on day two of the World Economic Forum, but it’s not exclusively about the rich and powerful: the worlds of art and sport get a look in as well.

The second day of the relentless Davos schedule launches with one of the world’s wealthiest men and best-known philanthropists, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, taking part in a discussion on food security. In the evening, he will return to moderate a conversation with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on the role of the G20 in tackling the global economic crisis.

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Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will form part of a panel on the way technological advances are driving economic growth and employment, and World Bank president Robert Zoellick will feature in a session on how development can continue without destroying the ocean. Pascal Lamy, director-general of the World Trade Organization, will take part in a discussion on China’s new role as world’s lender of last resort, and how the country can best deploy its massive current account surplus and private capital without triggering a backlash.

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will chair a discussion on Africa’s future with the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and Alpha Condé, President of Guinea. Soon afterward, Brown’s successor David Cameron will give a special address to delegates before lunch.

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Another impressive line-up of leaders will assemble in the afternoon, when Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Tapani Katainen, Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt gather to discuss Europe’s future. Aspiring leaders will also take the floor, including Amr Moussa, former Secretary-General of the Arab League and Egyptian presidential candidate, who will address how leaders can make better decisions under pressure.

But the discussions aren’t purely focused on economics and matters of state. Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho will make a literary presentation, French filmmaker Luc Besson will speak on the power of film to inspire action, while his countryman, the street artist JR – best known for his vivid works in Brazilian favelas, Kenyan slums and other unlikely settings – will discuss how divided communities can be reconciled through art and sports.

The sporting theme is continued in a session on the forthcoming London Olympics, featuring Jacques Rogge, president of International Olympic Committee, London Mayor Boris Johnson, and Lord Sebastian Coe, chair of the Games’ organizing committee and a double gold medal-winning Olympian himself.

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  1. Swiss Frank

    80% of people visiting CNN.com could write 99% of the presentations at this has-bean feast

    January 26, 2012 at 6:40 am |
  2. Josia Nakash

    We're watching we're watching but when will everyone wake up and realize that things will be very different in the world soon. When will we realize that it's useless to try using all the same old tactics in a completely new ballgame? They won't hold up now that the rules of the game have changed.

    The only way to solve our issues is by rewiring and reprogramming the way our minds think – to stop thinking about our own narrow progress and rather take the general/collective perspective into account in every single thing we do.

    Once we achieve this shift in perception – we will suddenly discover that we have an abundance of food and everything we need to provide each person on earth with the basics. From here to eternity.

    Sports involves team work and collaboration, which makes it a great example of the type of mind games we need to apply to all segments of society in the coming years if we want to live happily ever after. The love of sports is the one thing that unites us above all the things we have created to divide us.

    But hello! Olympic people who are organizing one of the biggest events of our time – I think it's a big mistake to launch such a huge undertaking without educating the public about the global processes the world is currently going through. Anyone with an axe to grind will be out there and the picture will not be very pretty.

    At some point all these VIP's at Davos will need to grasp that they cannot do anything smoothly in the future without adding a layer of information – providing simple explanations about the new integral and interdependent phase of our lives that is here to stay. It would not take a lot of effort – it would simply require .... thinking differently for a change. Rewiring ourselves from scratch. It's time.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:43 am |
  3. Shumaila

    The WEF in Davos is the annual gathering of the big minds and business giants who will brainstorm for five days over economic issues and will be giving a lots of proposals and recommendations at the end. But believe me, they all forget these suggestions to implement within their own organizations as soon as they leave the snow-clad resort. The world is facing economic crisis owing to big companies that are united in shape of Illuminati and impose their own set of rules on the rest of world. Solid steps are better than useless debates.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  4. German Mark

    They are all chasing dreams and leading fantasy lives. But then so are your average Jack and Jill climbing hills that don't exist competing for prizes that turn to dust and aiming at goals that have no meaning. And none of it stops the pain of living, whether you are rich or poor

    January 26, 2012 at 8:49 am |
  5. Bob 351

    One name I'm surprised that hasn't shown up on any list for this event is Donald Trump.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
  6. Gabriel Paul Uchenna

    “Why is there a sudden shift in good morals? the world can solve its problems again , Great nations of the earth can solve those problems again, African can be fixed again ....Europe can bounce back again ....American can be supper strong again ...yes they can ! rise of the evil ocean can start to slow and our planet will begin to heal "
    all thanks to Bill Gate and other American powerful political and business giants for all their great efforts so far to bring stability in our world .....Yes i know the World will be healed again.....there will be a time in the human history when the evil eggs of the world will drop their weapons of discord and embrace peace ....yes I know...those great days are coming back …when the average human race will look into the sun and moon and smile .........Gabriel Paul Uchenna (Abuja Nigeria)

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