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Global Stage virtual events return this fall

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On Wednesday, September 15th, Global Stage returns to the UN General Assembly for a series of critical discussions facing governments, societies and economies.

GZERO Media and Microsoft launched the virtual series in 2020, during the peak of the pandemic, to ask tough questions and determine how united countries were in the fight against COVID-19.

12 months on, progress has been fitful. The delta variant has forced many countries back into lockdown; the virus has taken an extreme toll on fragile communities and developing nations; the disparity in access to vaccines between rich and poor countries is extreme; and the IPCC claims that climate catastrophe is on track. The pandemic has exacerbated racial, gender, and socioeconomic inequality and pushed many into unemployment and poverty.

Join us for live virtual events together with world leaders in politics, business, science and technology to debate how to achieve digital equity, whether inclusive recovery is a realistic goal, the growing threat of disinformation, and priorities for COP26.

Stay informed about further Global Stage discussions: sign up for updates and reminders about GZERO Media's events.

Digital Equity: Should Internet Access Be Free for Everyone?
Wednesday, September 15, 11am ET

  • Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary General (moderator)
  • Amaka Anku, Practice Head, Africa, Eurasia Group
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission
  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
  • Vickie Robinson, General Manager, Microsoft Airband Initiative
  • Vuyani Jarana, Chairman, Mobax Group

Unfinished Business: Is the World Really Building Back Better?
Wednesday, September 22, 11am ET

  • Susan Glasser, staff writer and Washington columnist, The New Yorker (moderator)
  • Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group & GZERO Media
  • Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair, Microsoft
  • Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
  • David Malpass, President, World Bank Group

Infodemic: Defending Democracy Against Disinformation
Wednesday, October 13, 11am ET

  • Yasmin Green, Director, R&D, Jigsaw
  • Ginny Badanes, Director of Strategic Projects, Cybersecurity & Democracy, Microsoft
  • Matt Masterson, Non-Resident Policy Fellow, Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Nina Jankowicz, Director of External Engagement, Alethea Group & Global Fellow, Wilson Center
  • Kevin Allison, Director, Geo-technology, Eurasia Group
  • Richard Stengel, former Under-Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Obama Administration

Climate Crisis: is net zero really possible?
Tuesday, November 2, 11am ET

  • Gerald Butts, Vice Chairman, Eurasia Group
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Director, Climate Science Center
  • Naoko Ishii, Director, Center for Global Commons
  • Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft
  • Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Government of Canada

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Staving off default: How unsustainable debt is threatening human progress

Three-fifths of the world's lowest income countries are debt distressed and in danger of default. Navid Hanif, assistant secretary-general for economic development at the United Nations, tells GZERO's Tony Maciulis that we need to make debt more sustainable by restructuring it and that multilateral development banks, such as the World Bank, should offer affordable longer-term loans with lower interest rates to allow least developed countries better opportunities to deal with crises like climate change, poverty, and educating children.

The world "is more coupled than we think"

Rania Al-Mashat, the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, tells GZERO's Tony Maciulis that the pandemic taught us how interconnected we truly are; no one nation can solve a problem as big as climate change, food insecurity, or geopolitical strife on its own. Al-Mashat makes a case for looking beyond the short term problems of inflation and toward longer-term solutions for the most pressing issues of our time.

AI at the tipping point: danger to information, promise for creativity

Artificial intelligence is on everyone's mind these days. The potential for AI to mess up democracy is scary, but the truth is that it can also make the world a better place. So, are bots good or bad for us? We asked a few experts to weigh in during the Global Stage livestream conversation "Risks and Rewards of AI," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

World faces "lost decade" of economic growth, says World Bank economist

The World Bank predicts that the global economy now faces a decade of lost growth, in part due to an older workforce and lower productivity. Is the way out of the looming doldrums to have a young population like Nigeria? Yes, but those countries will need help from wealthy nations to invest in things like education to reap the benefits of their demographic dividend, World Bank deputy chief economist Ayhan Kose tells GZERO's Tony Maciulis at the World Bank/IMF spring meetings in Washington, DC.

Is there a path ahead for peace in Ukraine?

As we approach the grim first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – which came on the heels of last year’s Munich Security Conference – GZERO is back in Germany, discussing the past year since the war began, what’s likely to come next, and what it means for the world.

Ian Bremmer: The West is united on Russian energy, the rest of the world is not

With talk at this year’s Munich Security Conference from most of the world’s most powerful countries about decoupling from Russian energy, it can be easy to forget that most of the world’s population has other priorities. “What we're seeing is that a majority of the world's economic strength and certainly military strength really wants to put Russia back in a box, but a majority of the world's population does not,” said Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer during a Global Stage livestream conversation.

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