From the field - Davos as world barometer

Davos as world barometer - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Christian Hartmann

Davos as world barometer - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Christian Hartmann

In his capacity as personal advisor to the ICRC president, Alexandre Liebeskind accompanied Mr. Kellenberger to the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, an event they have attended since 2009.

While the Arab Spring featured in a number of discussions at Davos, the revolutions of last year were, perhaps understandably, overshadowed by the state of the world economy. A pessimistic mood reportedly prevailed at the Swiss resort.

In Davos, Mr. Kellenberger and his advisor met with a number of foreign dignitaries and heads of development agencies interested in the unique world view of the ICRC. Syria and Somalia, contexts where the ICRC is operational, were of particular interest this year.

Mr. Liebeskind explains why the ICRC attends the WEF, what it did there and what the trends of interest to the organization were.