Pope Francis has called on World Economic Forum participants to overcome fragmentation between states and institutions and work together to facilitate more inclusive approaches in an increasingly globalised world.
In a speech to the 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting delivered by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Pope Francis said: “It is vital to safeguard the dignity of the human person, in particular by offering to all people real opportunities for integral human development and by implementing economic policies that favour the family.”

Echoing the theme of the meeting, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, the Pope said: “The entrepreneurial world has enormous potential to effect substantial change by increasing the quality of productivity, creating new jobs, respecting labour laws, fighting against … corruption and promoting social justice.”

He added: “If we want a more secure future, one that encourages the prosperity of all, then it is necessary to keep the compass continually oriented towards ‘true north’,” represented by authentic values.

Pictured: Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Cardinal, Prefect, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in Vatican City State, at the World Economic Forum in Davos.