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ROYALS AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

The 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters is been held on January 21-24. This year theme is: Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.

WEF is the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year.

Let’s take a look at Royalty at the 2020 World Economic Forum (WEF).

World Economic Forum – January 21, 2020

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians are currently in Davos to attend the annual meeting of WEF.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Her Majesty Queen Maxima gave a short opening speech at the session hosted by Unilever, IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative, and Rabobank on the importance of investing in smallholder value chains.

The Queen’s outfit is by Belgian fashion house Natan, she wore Natan Daisy Skirt in Brown Leather.



King Philippe and Queen Mathilde

The King and The Queen of the Belgians attended the opening ceremony of WEF.

Their Majesties listen to the panel “Forging a Sustainable Path towards a common future” with Salvador Gómez-Colón, Natasha Mwansa, Edward Felsenthal, Greta Thunberg and Autumn Peltier as guest speakers.⁣

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King Philippe of the Belgians.

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Climate activist, Greta Thunberg.

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From left to right, Edward Felsenthal, editor of Time, Natasha Mwansa, child and womens rights activist, Salvador Gomez-Colon, founder of Light & Hope for Puerto Rico, Greta Thunberg, climate activist, and Autumn Peltier, chief water commissioner of the Anishinabek nation.

Later, Queen Mathilde attended a meeting with the Schwab Foundation.



World Economic Forum – January 22, 2020

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

For Queen Mathilde, the second day at the World Economic Forum starts with a conversation with Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Queen Mathilde and Mr. Filippo Grandi.

Afterwards, The Queen met with a delegation from the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Queen concludes her visit to the WEF with bilateral meetings.

During the meeting with Mr. Qu Dongyu, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), they discussed in particular FAO’s actions, partnerships with the G20, support for the least developed countries, as well as the actions of the King Baudouin Foundation.

The meeting with Mr. Achim Steiner, Director General of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), focused on the further involvement of academia and business schools within the implementation of SDGs, its development and financing.

King Philippe travelled to Israel to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum held on January 23, 2020 in Jerusalem.



Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Queen Máxima as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Avocate for Inclusive Finance Development (UNSGSA) meets at the World Economic Forum with with the CEOs of the CEO Partnership for Economic Inclusion (CEOP) to talk about their projects that contribute to better access to financial services for, particularly, small entrepreneurs and farmers.

Her Majesty The Queen launched the CEOP during the WEF 2018 in Davos.

The Queen also held meetings with The Prime Minister of Jordan, Omar Razzaz and the Ministry of SMEs and Startup of South Korea, Selatan Park Young-sun.

She also participated on a panel discussion about ‘Financial Inclusion beyond the individual: The role of MSMEs’.

Queen Máxima wore a new floral brocade coat by Oscar de la Renta, “Floral Fil Coupe Coat”.

Prince Daniel of Sweden

At this year’s conference, Prince Daniel of Sweden attends a number of program points on entrepreneurship and mental health.

During the day, the Prince met, among others, the Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin.

Prince Charles of Wales

The Prince of Wales took part on the second of the WEF, Prince Charles met world leaders, politicians and environmentalists including Greta Thunberg.

His Royal Highness officially launched the Sustainable Markets Council at the forum: the new initiative aims to create sustainable markets whilst helping the global economy become more environmentally friendly.

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The Prince of Wales delivered a keynote speech at The World Economic Forum.

“What good is all the extra wealth in the world, gained from “business as usual”, if you can do nothing with it except watch it burn in catastrophic conditions?” 

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