World leaders, CEOs and Economists to meet at Vatican

Global leaders, including presidents, chairmen, CEOs of the world’s top companies and also prestigious economists will be addressed by Pope Francis when they meet at the Vatican in December for the  2016 Fortune/Time Global Forum

The unprecedented gathering will convene select global Fortune 500 CEOs, members of the Time 100 and non-profit, academic, religious and labour leaders to address the need for a global economic system that both encourages growth and spreads its benefits more broadly.

The two-day conference will culminate in an address by His Holiness Pope Francis.

Inspired by the Pope’s call for more and better jobs, broader prosperity and lasting ways to lift the poor, the theme of the 2016 Global Forum is “The 21st Century Challenge: Forging a New Social Compact.”

The event will be a solutions-based conversation aimed at encouraging transformative actions by the private sector to help create a more inclusive and humane economy and aid in eradicating poverty and the refugee problem around the world.

“Time Inc. is honored to present this unique gathering of global influencers and to facilitate discussions around some of the most critical issues of our time. We are hopeful that this rare event in partnership with the Vatican has the potential to impact the way the world thinks about these issues,” Time Inc Chairman, CEO Joe Ripp said.

The Global Forum program will be led by Time Inc. Chief Content Officer and Fortune Editor-in-Chief Alan Murray and Time Inc. News Group Editorial Director and Time Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs.

A Host Committee of business and philanthropic leaders will assist in the development of the program, attend the event, moderate conversations and take an active role in developing working solutions.

Members of the 2016 Global Forum Host Committee include CEOs from Dow Chemical, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, McKinsey, PepsiCo, Siemens, Virgin Group and WPP as well as leaders from non-profit organizations including the Rockefeller, Ford and Mo Ibrahim Foundations.



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