Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba urged corporate and government leaders on Monday to provide more support to the world’s poorest countries through investment rather than handouts.
The Elbas were both honored at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in the Swiss mountain town of Davos for their efforts on environmental conservation, food security, and climate change.
The couple, who are Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development, urged summit attendees to provide immediate financial assistance to people affected by food scarcity and climate change.
“The impoverished of this globe are looking for investment, not just aid and freebies,” Idris Elba stated.
“We see the potential for change and power in this room… We can move with agility and speed, and your speed is required right now,” said the star of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Beasts of No Nation.” “added.
Sabrina Dhowre Elba highlighted food crises in Somalia, Haiti, Sudan, and other nations, highlighting the struggle of small-scale farmers who lack access to resources while producing one-third of the world’s food.
“We’re here in Davos to promote people and countries who aren’t getting as much attention as my husband,” she explained, looking at her boyfriend.
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Kathryn Lurie in Davos contributed reporting, and Alexander Smith edited the piece.