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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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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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Ian Bremmer: A Political Power Vacuum is Bad News for the World | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Ian Bremmer: A political power vacuum is bad news for the world

We clearly live in a G-Zero world. But have the crises of 2022 made it better or worse?

That depends, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer says in a Global Stage livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft.

On the one hand, the perception that the US is the global leader it once was leaves a vacuum that rogue states are eager to fill. On the other, the West has stepped up, uniting NATO against Russia over the war in Ukraine.

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Climate Disinformation Back to Denying It Exists, Says UN’s Melissa Fleming | GZERO Media

Climate disinformation back to denying it exists, says UN's Melissa Fleming

People are a lot more worried about climate change than they used to be. And they are also very concerned about disinformation related to climate.

"We're seeing a disturbing spike in disinformation around climate change," Melissa Fleming, the UN's Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, says during a Global Stage livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft.

But what's more troubling is that the disinformation super-spreaders, she adds, have "returned now to the complete denial narrative" — it's a hoax.

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The road to 2030

The past two years have brought devastating setbacks for global development goals including poverty reduction, gender equality, and climate action. GZERO Media will gather an expert panel of leaders from politics, the private sector, and international organizations to discuss how to get back on a path to greater peace and prosperity.

Join us on Thursday, December 15th at 11 am ET / 8 am PT / 5 pm CEST for a Global Stage livestream discussion, presented by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft. The conversation will be moderated by Julia Chatterley of CNN International, with Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media; Dr. Omnia El Omrani, Youth Envoy for COP27 and SDG Champion; Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications; Hindou Ibrahim, Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change; Khadija Mayman, Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative; and Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair of Microsoft.

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Hard Truths On Climate, Education & Poverty, From the UN’s Secretary-General | GZERO World

Hard truths on climate, education & poverty, from the UN’s Secretary-General

(Portions of this full interview have also been shown as part of the GZERO World with Ian Bremmer episode, "How A War-Distracted World Staves Off Irreversible Damage," available to view here.

Global political division, a culture of impunity and a vacuum of consequences ... Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine making climate change a “kind of second-order issue” (even as 50 million Pakistanis have been displaced by flooding, and more than 1,000 killed) - with "irreversible consequences" and "irreparable damage" coming "very soon" - "a world that is facing destruction everywhere" ... the threat that the world may not have enough food in 2023 due to fertilizer shortages ... there's a lot of bad news in the world, as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discusses with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Still, there are paths to solutions - as with the grain deal that Guterres helped to (discreetly) broker between Russia and Ukraine - if only the world's leaders will work together.

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.

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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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