The World Economic Forum begins today in Davos, Switzerland, bringing together " a who’s who of government leaders pulling the strings of the global economy" (NYT, 1/23/2012). Columbia’s Business & Economics Library and the Lehman Library hold various publication from the World Economic Forum, and many of them are also online: the Annual Report, Global Competitiveness Report, Global Information Technology Report, and the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report. In today’s economic environment, with Occupy Wall Street, the Indignados, and Arab Spring, what will be the issues at Davos? Check out the WEF videos at YouTube.
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has issued a new publication, The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture. The new publication, scheduled to be updated annually, analyses a variety of options for overcoming constraints and improving resource management for agricultural production systems which are at heightened risk across the world. SOLAW complements other "State of the World" reports published regularly by FAO, and is intended to inform public debate and policy-making at national and international levels.