Swiss Re breakfast debate at the WEF in Davos

The room was full on Thursday 27 January at 7.30 in the morning, in Davos, when Nik Gowing, launched Swiss Re's breakfast debate on ageing, food security and natural catastrophes. The purpose was to discuss solutions for bridging the financing gap that can impact governments and individuals in the wake of a natural disaster or other major societal shocks.

We caught up with Lord Hutton, Chair of the Independent Public Pensions Commission in the UK, one of the panellists, in a separate interview to capture his view of what's next in terms of rising pension costs, and the options that many advanced economies will have to consider.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director, World Bank talked about food security and agricultural development from the World Bank perspective, and Ernesto Cordero, Minister of Finance, Mexico shared his experiences on pre-event disaster financing, and other measure to make a country more resilient. More of what they have to say will be posted shortly after the Annual Meeting in Davos.

Left to right: Lord Hutton, Ernesto Cordero, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Michel Liès.

For more insight on what Swiss Re is doing in the area of public private partnerships to provide and develop disaster risk financing solutions, click into "Closing the financing gap".

Published 28 January 2011

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