U.N. chief Antonio Guterres has flown into the gilded world of luxury that is the Davos ski resort to tell delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting he feels the pain of those suffering from food shortages, recession, inequality, and cost of living crises.
Guterres used his address in Switzerland on Wednesday to share his understanding of life inside the storm of troubles brewing far beyond the confines of the unelected and unrepresentative elites now in Switzerland.
The veteran Portuguese socialist said the “gravest levels of geopolitical division and mistrust in generations” are undermining efforts to tackle global problems, which also include widening inequality, a cost-of-living crisis sparked by soaring inflation and an energy crunch, lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, supply-chain disruptions and more.
Put simply, Guterres feels pain at the suffering of others:
Recession, inequality, supply chain disruptions, rising interest rates, inflation. @antonioguterres outlines ‘the perfect storm’ facing the world today. @UN #wef23 pic.twitter.com/uydcY9eaNG
— World Economic Forum (@wef) January 18, 2023
Critics have long questioned the impact of the four-day meeting where politicians, CEOs, billionaires, and other leaders wring their hands at the world’s problems — and make deals behind closed doors — but where concrete action is harder to measure.
All this and more was on display earlier in the week when delegates were welcomed with fine wine and champagne, delicate hors d’oeuvres, canapes, champagne, private dining, chit chat, and billionaires backslapping each other.
As Breitbart News reported, British actor Idris Elba has also used the elite, champagne-soaked world of canapes and billionaires now in Davos to decry global food poverty and “the unjustness of half the world eating and half the world not eating.”
The Luther star and his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba are both goodwill ambassadors for the U.N.’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). He spoke in an interview with AFP to urge the world’s corporate and political elite to do more to help small farmers in Africa.
The couple had rushed to the luxury Swiss mountain resort from Milan, Italy, after attending the plush Gucci’s Men’s Fall Winter 2023 Show on Friday.
“What drives me is the unjustness of half the world eating and half the world not eating, and half the world causing considerable damage to our planet and the other half not contributing (to climate change) but starving and suffering from that damage the most,” Elba said.
Meanwhile, sex services are reportedly in high demand in Davos this week, with multiple publications reporting numerous prostitutes and escorts as descending on Davos as Breitbart News reported.
The demand for prostitutes and escorts has reportedly spiked in Davos, Switzerland, which is currently hosting the World Economic Forum’s annual conference. https://t.co/C79FrsvZgg
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 18, 2023
The spike is hardly unexpected, with the Times newspaper publishing an exposé back in 2020 on the annual meeting, describing it as a “den of prostitution and predators” with professional sex workers attending Davos in large numbers.
That demand is currently being repeated.
As the Breitbart report sets out, “So far we have eleven reservations and 25 inquiries for the coming week. But I assume that there will be more,” the managing director of one escort service told Swiss paper 20 Minuten, adding his employees could be contracted for as many as three days straight to serve clients.
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