AS IT HAPPENS: Davos 2020 Day Four – global economy, climate change, and digital future

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Updated 24 January 2020

AS IT HAPPENS: Davos 2020 Day Four – global economy, climate change, and digital future

  • Discussions on the digital world, environment, and gender are set for today

It is the last day of the World Economic Forum 2020 today in Davos, Switzerland, where world leaders are gathered to talk about global issues including technology, health, business and economics.

Discussions on the digital world, environment, and gender are set for today. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is speaking in one of the sessions.

Follow our coverage here:

16:00 - Børge Brende, President of World Economic Forum, takes the podium to give his closing remarks, after four days of jampacked agenda.

He enumerated the important deals and agreements made throughout the forum, and ended his speech referring to the ongoing crisis in China with the coronavirus.

"Last, but extremely important, CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) today announced three programmes to develop vaccines against the Coronavirus," he said.

14:00 - As the Forum draws to a close, a panel discussion on the outlook of global economy opens.

On stage are Steven Mnuchin, US Secretary of the Treasury; Olaf Scholz, Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance of Germany; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; Haruhiko Kuroda, Governor, Bank of Japan; Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank.




A session titled "Global Ecnomic Outlook" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Screengrab)

IMF's Georgiva opens the discussion with a positive note on economic growth globally.

"We are projecting growth this year at 3.3 percent, next year at 3.4 percent - this is clearly an improvement vis-a-vis the record low of last year at 2.9 percent,” she said.

 

 

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12:15 - Health and medical experts talk about cancer care and treatment, and it's future.

 

 

One of the panelists, Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, said "There is a social aspect of cancer care. There are people who cannot get basic access to care, so we have a lot of social responsibility."


Riot police on Greek islands as work begins on new migrant camps

Updated 25 February 2020

Riot police on Greek islands as work begins on new migrant camps

  • There are more than 38,000 migrants crowded into camps on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Leros and Kos
  • The UN’s refugee chief on Friday called for urgent action to address the “shocking and shameful” conditions migrants are forced to live in

ATHENS: Riot police were dispatched to the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios on Tuesday as the government plowed ahead with the construction of controversial new migrant camps, officials said.

At the harbors of both islands, where hundreds of local residents had gathered, police used tear gas to clear the way for security force reinforcements and construction machinery, a police source told AFP.

At Chios harbor on Mesta, some hooded protesters threw stones as scores of riot police disembarked, TV footage showed.

Residents have parked cars and garbage trucks on roads leading to the camp sites, which are to house up to 7,000 people each, in an attempt to hobble their construction.

“There are roadblocks. We will intervene where necessary,” a police source told AFP.

After weeks of fruitless talks with local authorities, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis over the weekend insisted that the plan would go ahead despite opposition.

“The works will begin immediately and will be completed. There is no turning back,” he told conservative party cadres on Sunday.
Main opposition leftist party Syriza has accused the government of undemocratic behavior.

“We will not allow Mr. Mitsotakis and his government to turn the islands into a battle ground,” said Syriza spokesman Alexis Charitsis.

There are more than 38,000 migrants crowded into camps on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos, Chios, Leros and Kos despite an official capacity of just 6,200.

Island officials and residents have told the Greek government that after five years on the front lines of the European migration crisis, they are no longer prepared to accept thousands of asylum-seekers.

The conservative government which came to power in July has announced that the camps on Lesbos, Samos and Chios will be shut down this year, to be replaced with new, smaller facilities that are to be operational by mid-2020.

But while the Mitsotakis administration tries to alleviate the problem by relocating thousands of migrants to other parts of Greece, many communities on the mainland have also stonewalled the move.

The UN’s refugee chief on Friday called for urgent action to address the “shocking and shameful” conditions migrants are forced to live in at reception centers on the Greek islands.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said swift measures were needed to reduce overcrowding and improve living conditions on the islands prioritising water, sanitation and health care, as the winter weather was exacerbating the situation.