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Tony Blair to join World Economic Forum Board

Jun '07
The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is joining the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a foundation under the supervision of the Swiss government; the Foundation Board is its highest governance body.

“Tony Blair brings to the Forum a tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge in all areas of the global agenda and he certainly will be very essential to shape our activities."

"The Forum's role as a catalyst for major global public-private partnerships, such as the Global Health Initiative and the Global Education Initiative, will be enhanced by his presence in the Board,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

While he was prime minister, Tony Blair participated in several Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In his speech in January 2007 in Davos, he emphasized particularly the role that multistakeholder platforms, such as the World Economic Forum that brings together leaders from all walks of life, could play in addressing global challenges.

“Nations, even the most great, are realizing that they cannot pursue their narrow national interests without invoking broader global values. They are obliged to recognize that interdependence is the defining characteristic of the early 21st century,” Blair said, adding,

“The shifting power equation is, in part, obviously about emerging new powers; but it is equally about the fact that power over global issues can only be effectively wielded today by global alliances, in turn based on global values.”

Peter Sutherland, a long-standing Foundation Board Member and Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and BP, United Kingdom, said, “Tony Blair will make an enormous contribution to the World Economic Forum's objective of 'improving the state of the world'. His great experience, commitment and energy is such that his impact on the World Economic Forum will be decisive in its future."

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