The 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum has opened in Davos, Switzerland, with a welcome message by founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab and the presentation of this year’s Crystal Awards. Here are some key quotes from the opening.


“We do not want to just define issues; we want to help create solutions.”
Professor Klaus Schwab

“We are not here to pursue just our own interests, but as a community of purpose to improve the state of the world.”
Professor Klaus Schwab


“People are not killed by earthquakes alone, but by collapsed buildings.”
Shigeru Ban, architect and Crystal Award winner. Ban has used paper and cardboard tubes to build low-cost, durable shelters for disaster survivors around the world.

Watch Professor Klaus Schwab’s welcome message
Watch the 21st Annual Crystal Awards ceremony
Read more on why we bring artists to Davos

Image: The Orchestra Sinfonica Rossini di Pesaro preforms during the opening concert at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, January 20, 2015. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/ Michele Limina