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Inequality Isn't Inevitable - If Global Communities Cooperate | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Inequality isn't inevitable - if global communities cooperate

Almost three years after COVID, we're still grappling with the geopolitical convulsions that the pandemic unleashed or worsened. They're all wiping out decades of progress on fighting global inequality.

What's more, the world has become more unequal at a time when global cooperation is often an afterthought. So, what can we do about it?

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to UN Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Cousens, who thinks it's the perfect time for institutions backed by the 1 percent to step up even more.

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Podcast: Salvaging the world we leave our kids with innovative philanthropy

Listen: Global inequality has reached a level we haven’t seen in our lifetimes and recent geopolitical convulsions have only made things worse. The rich have gotten richer while extreme poverty has exploded. UN Foundation President Elizabeth Cousens thinks it's the perfect time for institutions backed by the 1% to step up. She speaks with Ian Bremmer on the GZERO World podcast about the key role that innovative philanthropy could play to address problems exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, economic fallout from the COVID pandemic, and a warming planet.

Why now? The stakes are so high and the crises so urgent that Cousens sees a window of opportunity for philanthropy to take swift action instead of their traditional long-term approach. When it comes to immediate and deadly problems like famine and flooding, an influx of money could start making a huge difference very quickly.

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Water Will Become Very Political in 2023, Says Eurasia Group Analyst | GZERO Media

Water will become very political in 2023, says Eurasia Group analyst

Perhaps the biggest surprise in Eurasia Group's top 10 geopolitical risks for 2023 is No. 10: water scarcity. But you should definitely pay attention to it.

The problem is that we take access to water for granted, says Eurasia Group analyst Franck Gbaguidi.

And while we've kept ignoring the issue, now the global population has hit 8 billion people. What's more, climate change is making water even less plentiful — and therefore more political.

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What’s Walmart Doing on Biodiversity? | GZERO Media

Practical climate solutions and big corporations

Retailers like Walmart derive the bulk of their sales from products that ultimately originate in nature. That means they have a stake in reversing the course of biodiversity loss.

"The business community has woken up and taken notice of this," Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart's executive VP and chief sustainability officer, says "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

As a result, Walmart is doing its part by engaging with its suppliers on biodiversity protection. It's the only way, she adds, to "protect, restore, and better manage 50 million acres of land and a million square miles of ocean" where the company indirectly sources raw materials for its products.

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Young People Want to Be Climate Agents of Change, Says COP27 Youth Envoy | GZERO Media

Why young people belong on the frontline of the climate fight

Across especially the developing world, young people have been disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.

Yet they still lack a place at the policymaking table.How can we fix this? Dr. Omnia El Omrani, Youth Envoy for COP27 and SDG Champion, offers some thoughts in a Global Stage livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft.

"We need to create a space that is meaningful, that is consistent, that is sustainable, for our needs and our demand, and for us to really shape the future that does not kill our dreams, she says.

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How Do Disclosures Help Businesses Protect Biodiversity? | GZERO Media

How do financial disclosures help protect biodiversity?

The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures doesn't have a sexy name. But it is instrumental in helping businesses know their impact on biodiversity so they can do better.

"What we are providing to help businesses and financial institutions is developing a risk management and disclosure framework for nature-related risks," TNFD technical director Emily McKenzie says during "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

McKenzie says that the impetus for TNFD is all coming from the market. Driven by risks, investors want to take action.

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How Do You Measure Nature? | GZERO Media

How measuring nature at the DNA level unlocks financial growth

Katie Critchlow is CEO of NatureMetrics, a company that, well, measures nature. But how?

"We use eDNA; that's all the DNA that's left behind in the environment by every species because every species in the world contains DNA," she explains during the livestream discussion "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

But the animals and plants you see, Critchlow points out, are only a tiny fraction of total life on earth. There's a lot of very small stuff too.

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How To Stop Greenwashing On Biodiversity Investments | GZERO Media

How to stop greenwashing on biodiversity investments

Investors are starting to pay attention to biodiversity. But how can we be sure that interest doesn't result in greenwashing?

With transparency and rigorous information sources, FNZ Group sustainability chief Vian Sharif says during "Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity," a livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Suntory.

Also, it's early days for something very complex to measure and report.

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