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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.

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Brad Smith Knows A Way To Meet The SDGs | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Microsoft president Brad Smith has a plan to meet the UN's goals

Thanks to the pandemic, we're way off from UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But Microsoft President Brad Smith knows the way to get the job done.

In a Global Stage livestream conversation held at UN headquarters, Smith says he has deep faith in what he calls the "three-legged stool" of government, the private sector, and civil society.

If you build out all three, so the legs are strong, healthy, and know how to work together, then achieving the SDGs is not a pipe dream. It's not about more or less government, but rather about everyone being on the same page.

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Live from the UN: Rescuing a world in crisis

Live from the UN General Assembly: Rescuing a World in Crisis

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
11 AM ET / 8 AM PT / 5 PM CEST
https://www.gzeromedia.com/globalstage

WATCH LIVE TODAY: The UN General Assembly is meeting at a time of financial and geopolitical crises, and while the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to get back on track. How will the world advance these global goals amid converging, compounding challenges of climate change, growing inequality, recessionary pressures, and an ongoing global pandemic?

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Highlights from Davos 2022 | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Highlights from Davos 2022

World leaders gathered this week in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum at a moment of heightened global uncertainty.

Three months into the Russian war in Ukraine, the conflict seems no closer to resolution. A global food crisis — made worse by the war — is putting more than a billion people at risk of food insecurity. Meanwhile, cyberattacks and misinformation continue to wreak havoc around the globe.

The world faces many dangerous challenges, but the biggest one may be this: “you can’t solve a problem unless you agree on what the problem is,” says GZERO’s Ian Bremmer.

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Export Controls Are “Worst Possible” Thing To Do in Food Crisis | Global Stage | GZERO Media

In a food crisis, export controls are "worst possible" thing to do, says UN Foundation chief

The war in Ukraine has aggravated a global food crisis that started with the pandemic. Is there anything we can do about it?

The UN is trying, but there needs to be a much more ambitious response to what is already a catastrophic humanitarian crisis, UN Foundation President Elizabeth Cousens said during a Global Stage livestream discussion hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She was joined by Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media; Brad Smith, president and vice chair of Microsoft; and moderator Nicholas Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic.

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US Politics Are More Prone to Misinformation, Says Former Danish PM | Global Stage | GZERO Media

US politics are prone to misinformation, says former Danish PM

Why has Europe been less affected by online misinformation than America has been?

"The democratic debate in Europe is less hostile and less fragmented than in the US," former Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, during a Global Stage livestream discussion hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft. She was joined by Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media; Brad Smith, president and vice chair of Microsoft; and moderator Nicholas Thompson, CEO of The Atlantic.

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Davos Gets (Geo)Political | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Is the world coming apart? Drama at Davos

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the World Economic Forum returned Monday to the ski village of Davos in Switzerland, where some 2,000 of the world's most influential leaders gathered this time to talk ... geopolitics.

That's right, for the first time Davos is driven not by business but rather what's happening all over the world — at a time when the general feeling is that globalization is unwinding, GZERO Media President Ian Bremmer said during a Global Stage livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft.

Indeed, former Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt observes "Davos cannot escape geopolitics anymore" because "things are coming apart" with Russia's war in Ukraine and the global food crisis it has made worse.

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Russia’s War in Ukraine Started a Day Earlier in Cyberspace | Microsoft's Brad Smith | Global Stage

Brad Smith: Russia's war in Ukraine started on Feb 23 in cyberspace

Weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, Microsoft was already helping the Ukrainians defend their cyberspace against Russian hackers, for instance by moving the government's physical servers into the cloud to avoid destruction by Russian missiles.

In the virtual world, like on the battlefield, "you've gotta disperse your defensive assets so they're not vulnerable to a single attack," Microsoft President Brad Smith says in a Global Stage livestream discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, "Crisis in a digital world," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft.

Then came defending Ukraine against Russian cyberattacks.

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