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Projects & Initiatives

A key part of the Forum’s activities is the creation of distinctive communities of member and partner companies, creating smaller, more informal opportunities for interaction. With the objective of addressing the most pressing issues on the global agenda, these specific communities provide timely information and scientific judgment and aims to improve interaction between business, government and other sectors of society. HCL is onboard various communities and initiatives run by the forum and has been instrumental in supporting the cause of each community.

Young Global Leaders

The Forum of Young Global Leaders which is a unique, multistakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year the World Economic Forum identifies 100-200 extraordinary individuals, drawn from every region of the world. Together, they form a powerful international community that can dramatically impact the global future.

Women Leader & Gender Parity Community

Through the Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme, the World Economic Forum is committed to promoting women’s leadership and closing global gender gaps. The programme strives to increase the participation of women in the Forum’s activities by ensuring their involvement as members in communities and inviting women leaders to be active contributors to the global dialogue.  As a community partner HCL is responsible to steer the overall direction of this programme at the Forum.

Global Education Initiative

With the primary objective of raising awareness , and supporting the implementation of relevant, sustainable and scalable national education sector, Global Education Initiative (GEI) aims to scale education partnerships globally.

HCL served the GEI as one of the members of steering board, whose primary objective is to raise awareness and support the implementation of relevant, sustainable and scalable national education sector plans on a global level through the increased engagement of the private sector.

“mHealth (Telecom) Initiative

The World Economic Forum's summit on Future of Mobile Communications, which concluded on 28th June 2010 in San Diago, aimed at strengthening the use of mobile communications to deliver health services and empower people to take control of their own health. Hosted by the Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mobile Communications, the Summit drew together around 80 business and civil society leaders as well as experts to share perspectives and build consensus on key principles for achieving global scale of mHealth products and services. HCL participated at the summit and contributed insights on how mobile communication can help in improving state of health of the global economy.

Health Initiative

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) was launched in 2002 by the World Economic Forum and its partners, to improve Global Health through three key activities: Advocacy, Dialogue and Partnerships. Its focus has been on Africa, India and China and on communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria) as well as on strengthening Health Systems.

Smart Grid Project

For over a year, HCL has been closely working with the forum on the Smart Grid Project (now called New Energy Architecture). The project provides a platform for public and private stakeholders across the smart grid value chain to collect and share practical knowledge and insights on what it takes to create successful and larger smart grid pilot projects and move forward smart grid developments.

ICT & Eco Sustainability

HCL serves on the ICT & Eco Sustainability advisory board and works towards developing a common group of standards measuring the benefits that the ICT community brings to the sustainability agenda globally.

In January 2010 CEOs from the ICT industry along with thought leaders on sustainability met in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland to advance discussions on how the ICT industry could best collaborate and coordinate on substantial climate change initiatives. In that spirit of collaboration the ICT and Eco-Sustainability project will research and propose a framework to define a uniform set of criteria for sustainability measurements and standards. The ambition is that this work will not only unify the ICT industry along common actions but also provide a platform for catalyzing further and substantive dialogue and interaction with policy makers.

As an advisory group member, HCL aims to contribute towards defining and quantifying the direct footprints of the ICT industry, it’s products and solutions.

Cloud Computing Project

The project was mandated in 2009 by the IT Governors at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos to research on impact of cloud technologies going beyond reducing IT costs and improving business efficiency. In phase II this year forum  aim to identify more specific action items and develop recommendations for both the IT industry and governments to help mitigate the uncertainties and realize the benefits of cloud computing.

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