World Economic Forum starts with finding the cure to cancer

The challenge is comparable to putting a man on the moon. At least that’s what Vice President Joe Biden thinks. He met yesterday with scientists, doctors and innovators from around the globe to launch a creative project which would result in a cure for cancer. That was how the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland opened on Tuesday.

Biden stressed the importance of collecting and sharing all available information about the disease. The plan seeks to streamline the use of data to achieve earlier detection and better drugs to treat cancer. More than progress, it seeks practical results, he said.

The plan announced by the Vice President is part of the national initiative against cancer proposed by President Obama during his final State of the Union address delivered last week.

The inaugural events of the forum also highlighted the presence of actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who was recognized for the work he has done for the environment through his foundation.

US actor Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a speech after he was awarded during the 22nd Annual Crystal Awards at the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 19, 2016.

More than 40 heads of states and governments attend the WEF in Davos, which this year is focused on "mastering the fourth Industrial Revolution," organisers said. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)AFP/Getty Images

US actor Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a speech after he was awarded during the 22nd Annual Crystal Awards at the opening of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on January 19, 2016. More than 40 heads of states and governments attend the WEF in Davos, which this year is focused on "mastering the fourth Industrial Revolution," organisers said. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

DiCaprio took the podium to criticize the energy conglomerates’ so called “corporate greed.”

The Forum officially began today, Wednesday, and will feature more than 2,500 world leaders, including several Latin American leaders as the Argentine president Mauricio Macri and Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico.

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