Before the world’s political and financial elites begin discussing global problems, the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos has held its annual Crystal Awards presentation for humanitarian work.
Singer-songwriter Shakira was first up with recognition for her foundation which provides quality education to underprivileged children in her native Colombia.
Inspiring and emotional accepting speech by— Andrea Mattiello (@AndreaMatyellow) January 16, 2017
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Actor and social activist Forest Whitaker was honoured for his work empowering young men and women in peace building and conflict resolution.
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German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was also given an award for helping to provide opportunities for young people to develop careers as musicians.
Each year the WEF recognises artists for their efforts to make the world a better place. The award ceremony kicks off the annual forum in the Swiss resort which this year will be grappling with issues such as populism, Britain’s exit from the EU and of course a new US president in the White House.