Thursday, September 27

ByKevin Sheekey

A record number of world leaders attended Wednesday’s Bloomberg Global Business Forum, making it the largest gathering of heads of state outside a formal government summit this year.

The 70-plus heads of state and 200-plus CEOs at the forum echoed Mike Bloomberg’s remarks that trade makes the world more peaceful and stable by connecting nations and aligning interests.

As Mike said, the forum was “designed to give business leaders a seat at the table, including on an issue where the UN doesn’t have a formal role: trade.” And that’s exactly what happened, as you’ll see from the headlines and stories below.

In the afternoon, French President Emmanuel Macron joined Mike to open the One Planet Summit, where public and private sector leaders discussed how they’re taking action to accelerate implementing the Paris Climate Agreement.

Top Headlines:

Bloomberg: Global Leaders and Executives Spurn Trump’s Trade Approach

Axios: Michael Bloomberg Shows Power on World Stage, Becomes House Democrats’ $100 Million Man
Bloomberg’s second annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum (and a companion One Planet Summit) drew an astonishing roster that included 70 heads of state, in town for the UN General Assembly, and 200 CEOs.

Spotted: Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, French President Emmanuel Macron, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, private equity titans Stephen Schwarzman and Larry Fink, Jeb Bush, Cindy McCain, Steve Case, Steve Rattner, Andrew Ross Sorkin and more.

Scoop: Michael Bloomberg’s spending on House races in the midterms has passed the $80 million he promised for the cycle and is heading toward $100 million as he sees an increasing chance for Democrats to win control, Axios has learned. The plan: Half of that will go to women candidates, a Bloomberg adviser told me. As this fall’s blue wave strengthens, the adviser said: “We want to take a Category 3 storm and turn it into a Cat 5.”

BBC News: Theresa May says UK Not Rejecting Global Cooperation

Bloomberg: Emmanuel Macron Says He’d Welcome U.K. Back to EU If Voters Change Their Minds

Agence France Presse: World Leaders Gather to Breathe New Life into Paris Accord


Photos of the day.

GBF Collage

UK Prime Minister Theresa May discusses trade with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; Mike Bloomberg, UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, French President Emmanuel Macron and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim; Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks with Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patti Harris and Mike Bloomberg; Mike Bloomberg signs an agreement with UK Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt on gender equality; IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa; and Bill Gates at the One Planet Summit.

For more images from the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and the One Planet Summit, click here.

Rivals Unite: Uber, Lyft and Ford Sign Agreement to Share Data to Help Reduce Traffic and Pollution in Cities (Future Car)

Progress on Migration: Global Business Leaders Back Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (BloombergGBF)

Progress on Gender Equality Data: UK Government and Bloomberg Join Forces to Improve Gender Equality Reporting, Accelerate Women’s Empowerment (BloombergGBF)


Headlines from around the world.

France 24: Michael Bloomberg, contre le changement climatique et contre Trump
Translation: Michael Bloomberg, against climate change and against Trump

Weixin (China): 70余位国家元首和200位国际公司CEO出席彭博全球商业论坛
Translation: 70 Heads of State and 200 Global CEOs attend Bloomberg Global Business Forum

Sina (China): 彭博全球商业论坛年会纽约举行 多位政商领袖呼吁推进自由贸易
Translation: Business Leaders Promote Free Trade at Bloomberg Global Business Forum

ElWehda:
وكالة أنباء الإمارات: الرئيس التنفيذي لأدنوك يشارك في الدورة الثانية من منتدى بلومبيرغ العالمي للأعمال

Translation: ADNOC Group CEO participates in annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum

El Tiempo (Colombia): Presidente Duque convoca una alianza contra la ‘dictadura’ y el éxodo venezolano
Translation: President Duque calls for alliance against Venezuela´s ‘dictatorship’, exodus

Business Standard (India): Bloomberg to Mobilise Climate Finance for UN

El Financiero (Mexico): El muro no se construirá y separar a los niños de sus padres es políticamente ‘tonto’: Mike Bloomberg
Translation: Mike Bloomberg: The U.S. will not build a wall and separating children from their parents is ‘dumb’


More photos of the day.

GBF Collage

President Bill Clinton greets European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager; Henry Kissinger speaks with Cindy McCain; Lyft Co-Founder and President John Zimmer, Ford Motor Co. CEO James Hackett, Chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials and principal at Bloomberg Associates Janette Sadik-Khan, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi; French President Emmanuel Macron is interviewed by Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait. Note: This was the first time the leaders of Lyft and Uber have shared a stage.


Best of late night.

“Hi, I’m Jimmy Fallon, and if this all goes well, I might get as many laughs as Trump’s speech at the UN.”
— Jimmy Fallon