Hard Numbers

27: On Tuesday, the world marked the 30-year anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Thousands were killed and hundreds were arrested. The last known person held in prison, Miao Deshun, was reportedly released in October 2016 after 27 years behind bars. His crime? He threw a basket at a burning tank. His original sentence was death, later commuted for good behavior.

90: A new study published by the African Child Policy Forum, an Ethiopian think tank, finds that 60% of children across Africa don't eat often enough and that 90% don't meet the World Health Organization's standard for a minimally acceptable diet. According to the report, hunger has stunted the growth of one in three African children, a startling stat at a time of strong economic growth across much of the continent.

46: In Denmark, a nation that juts into the North and Baltic Seas, polls now show that 46 percent of voters rank climate change as their top concern, up from 27 percent just two years ago. The issue helped the center-left Social Democrats win the most seats in this week's national elections.

95 and 94: On Thursday, two D-Day veterans — Harry Read (aged 95) and John Hutton (aged 94) — parachuted back into Normandy with help from members of the Army's Parachute Regiment display team, the Red Devils.

Microsoft announced earlier this year the launch of a new United Nations representation office to deepen their support for the UN's mission and work. Many of the big challenges facing society can only be addressed effectively through multi-stakeholder action. Whether it's public health, environmental sustainability, cybersecurity, terrorist content online or the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, Microsoft has found that progress requires two elements - international cooperation among governments and inclusive initiatives that bring in civil society and private sector organizations to collaborate on solutions. Microsoft provided an update on their mission, activities for the 75th UN General Assembly, and the team. To read the announcement from Microsoft's Vice President of UN Affairs, John Frank, visit Microsoft On The Issues.

The coronavirus pandemic has radically accelerated the adoption of digital technology in the global economy, creating an opportunity for millions of new businesses and jobs. However, it has also left millions jobless and exposed yet another vulnerability: hundreds of millions of people lack access to this technology.

To be sure, this divide was already present before COVID-19 struck. But unequal access to the internet and technology is going to make the multiple impacts of the pandemic much worse for offline and unskilled communities, among others. In fact, there is not a single global digital gap, but rather several ones that the coronavirus will likely exacerbate.

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As the UN turns 75, the organization is revealing the results of a global survey of nearly a million people in 193 nations—what matters most to them, and how do they view the need for global cooperation at this time of unprecedented crisis? Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser Fabrizio Hochschild explains the purpose and findings of the report.

The world's largest multilateral organization was born out of the global crisis of World War II. Now, as another crisis rocks the world, the United Nations is facing a challenge of its own—to remain relevant in an increasingly nationalistic geopolitical environment. On the eve of the first virtual UN General Assembly, GZERO World host Ian Bremmer spoke to UN Secretary-General António Guterres about pandemic response, climate action, the US/China schism, and more.

John Frank, Vice President of UN Affairs at Microsoft, discusses how to include people around the world in the digital economy,on UNGA In 60 Seconds.

Satya Nadella famously said, "We saw two years of digital transformation in two months" due to the pandemic and the need it created for virtual communication, work, and learning, but still nearly half the world's population lacks connectivity.

First, how can we begin to bridge the digital divide? Then, how can digital skilling lead us into a better global economy?

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