Sign up for GZERO Media's global politics newsletter

{{ subpage.title }}

- YouTube

COP27: Not good enough

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here on a Quick Take to get you kicked off for your week.

I thought I would talk about the Climate Summit, which has just concluded in Sharm El Sheik, the COP27 was not one of the better moments for global climate response. If there was a big win, and I wouldn't call it a big win, but at least it's progress, it's on the establishment of a loss and damage fund and the idea is to use funds from industrialized countries that pay for climate related losses that are already being experienced in the billions and billions of dollars in poorer countries. The developing countries have been demanding the developed world indeed put such a fund together. The problem is of course, that in addition to the reluctance to get it done, just saying that you have such a fund does not have a mechanism for distributing money, a mechanism for raising money, and certainly there is no cash, there's no financing yet. Maybe over time you'll see the private sector make donations into this fund, maybe you'll see some government commitments but for now at least, it's an announcement of intentionality without any there there. That's the big news, right? That's the actual major headline that came out.

Read Now Show less
António Guterres: Ukraine War United NATO, but Further Divided the World | GZERO World

António Guterres: Ukraine war united NATO, but further divided the world

Russia invaded Ukraine with impunity — and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres fears it may not be the last middle-sized power to pick a fight without consequence in the near future because global security governance is largely bankrupt.

"The capacity of deterrence that would exist if the whole powers, with the security council, will be able to say, 'This can't be done,' is not there," he tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Read Now Show less
Ian Explains: How Converging Crises Lowered Education Levels & Intensified Poverty | GZERO World

How converging crises lowered education levels & intensified poverty

The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are the UN's 2015 blueprint for making the world a better place.

But now this agenda is on life support. Thanks to the pandemic, the world is way off-track to meeting the 17 SDGs by the 2030 deadline.

In one fell swoop, COVID undid two decades of progress on education. The same goes for eradicating poverty, ending hunger, fighting climate change, or realizing global peace, Ian Bremmer explains on GZERO World.

Read Now Show less
Interlocking Solutions for Interlocking Crises | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Who can solve the world's "emergency of global proportions"?

Thousands of the world's most influential people are in New York this week to attend the 77th UN General Assembly at a time of multiple related crises. It's not just Russia's war in Ukraine: inflation, food, climate, and COVID are all affecting different parts of the world in different ways.

This year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres wants to focus on rescuing the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs — the UN's blueprint for making the world a better place. Progress on the SDGs got derailed by the pandemic, to the point that they likely won't be achieved by the 2030 deadline.

To get a sense of the scale of the problems and explore possible solutions, we brought in several experts to weigh in for a Global Stage livestream conversation "Rescuing a World in Crisis," hosted by GZERO Media in partnership with Microsoft. Here are a few highlights.

Read Now Show less
António Guterres: “We Are Destroying Our Planet and We Are Not Paying Attention” | GZERO World

"We are destroying our planet and we are not paying attention," says UN chief António Guterres

A year ago, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told Ian Bremmer on GZERO World that the world was on the edge of an abyss in dealing with climate change.

Since then, we haven't fallen off, but unfortunately he says climate has become a "second-rate issue."

That doesn't mean, of course, that the problem has gone away. Russia may be at war with Ukraine, but we're at war with the planet, and the planet is striking back — as we've seen with the recent floods in Pakistan.

Read Now Show less
A World Of Knock-On Challenges As Global Leaders Meet. Will They Act? | Quick Take | GZERO Media

A world of knock-on challenges as global leaders meet. Will UNGA act?

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here from a glorious New York City, as it always is this time of year, late summer, early fall. But my God, of course, we also have a very busy New York City because thousands of diplomats from all over the world are all coming here to Midtown, to the East River, to the United Nations, to kick off UN General Assembly week, UNGA, they call it. You don't want to drive. I mean, the traffic is absolutely insane. You want to walk as I usually do. Take the subway to get around at all.

What's going on this week? What's actually happening? It is a relatively negative environment, frankly, in part, because of the land war that's happening in Ukraine and all of the knock-on economic challenges. But in part, because more broadly, so much of what is on the United Nations agenda is not where the world is presently heading. This morning, the UN put out their Human Development Report, something they do every year. And frankly, the direction on things like education, where hundreds of millions of people because of the pandemic are now facing challenges in basic developments, where over 20 million that left school during the last two years are not expected to ever go back. Higher numbers of forced migration because of conflicts in the Middle East, and Africa, and in Europe. Significant, of course, climate impact. We, right now, still have almost a third of Pakistan underwater with tens of millions having been displaced.

Read Now Show less
How A War-Distracted World Staves Off Irreversible Damage | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

How a war-distracted world staves off irreversible damage

The UN's blueprint for making the world a better place is on life support. The pandemic wiped out years of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, and right now there's no way they'll be met by 2030.

Secretary-General António Guterres has a message for world leaders converging in New York for the annual UN General Assembly: We need to rescue the SDGs.

But Guterres (and the international community) still has a lot more on their plate. On GZERO World, he warns that we may run out of food next year if the deal to get Ukrainian grain shipments out is not extended to Russian fertilizer.

Read Now Show less

Podcast: How we avoid irreversible damage & "total disaster": The UN chief's warning for a world experiencing multiple crises

Listen: The UN's blueprint for making the world a better place is on life support. The pandemic wiped out years of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and right now there's no way they'll be met by 2030. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian speaks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the United Nations headquarters just ahead of this year’s General Assembly. Their one-on-one conversation ranges from rescuing the SDGs, the war in Ukraine to global food insecurity, climate change, and authoritarianism on the rise; but Guterres sees signs of hope amid these converging crises. Guterres is known for bluntly stating the dangers we’re facing—and the need for immediate action.

Read Now Show less

Subscribe to GZERO Media's newsletter, Signal

Latest