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UN General Assembly: UNGA 78

The state of multilateralism: Shaky, fragile & stretched to capacity
Shaky, fragile & stretched to capacity: The state of multilateralism | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Dr. Comfort Ero of the International Crisis Group has spent her career tackling the most difficult conflicts in the world, often exacerbated by severe environmental or social disasters. But as the climate crisis and war in Ukraine compound the forces pushing many fragile societies to the brink, she says multilateral institutions like the United Nations are not prepared to meet the challenge.

Faced with state collapse, food insecurity, and lack of governance, countries like Libya, Lebanon and Sri Lanka are not able to access the help they need to stabilize, build resilience and thrive.

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Staving off "the dark side" of artificial intelligence: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed​
Staving off "the dark side" of artificial intelligence | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Artificial Intelligence promises revolutionary advances in the way we work, live and govern ourselves, but is it all a rosy picture?

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed says that while the potential benefits are enormous, “so is the dark side.” Without thoughtful leadership, the world could lose a precious opportunity to close major social divides. She spoke during a Global Stage livestream event at UN headquarters in New York on September 22, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The discussion was moderated by Nicholas Thompson of The Atlantic and was held by GZERO Media in collaboration with the United Nations, the Complex Risk Analytics Fund, and the Early Warnings for All initiative.

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The fight to “connect every last person” to the internet
The fight to “connect every last person” to the internet | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Doreen Bogdan-Marin spends a lot of time thinking about how to keep the world connected as the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union. The biggest frontier in that realm is expanding internet access to those in the developing world who struggle to get online.

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Climate crisis can't be hijacked by global competitions: Justin Vaisse
Climate crisis can't be hijacked by global competitions: Justin Vaisse | Global Stage | GZERO Media

The war in Ukraine has so fundamentally redirected the course of world affairs that UN Secretary-General António Guterres says little else can be resolved globally before the fighting stops.

That doesn’t stop self-described “eternal optimist” Justin Vaisse from giving it his best shot. The historian took on a mandate from French President Emmanuel Macron in 2017 to organize the Paris Peace Forum, a venue to mend the strained and broken aspects of the multilateral system.

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How can the world build back better public health after COVID?
How can the world build back better public health after COVID? | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Every year, over ten million people globally die from high blood pressure, more than all infectious diseases combined. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control, is tackling this massive problem in public health, among many others, as CEO of Resolve to Save Lives.

He told GZERO’s Tony Maciulis that ensuring easy access to three drugs — amlodipine for blood pressure, metformin for blood sugar, and atorvastatin for cholesterol — could save tens of millions of lives over the next quarter century for just a penny per pill.

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How tech companies aim to make AI more ethical and responsible
How tech companies aim to make AI more ethical and responsible | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Artificial intelligence’s immense potential power raises significant questions over its safety. Large language models, a kind of AI like Microsoft’s Bard or OpenAI’s ChatGPT, in particular, run the risk of providing potentially dangerous information.

Should someone, say, ask for instructions to build a bomb, or advice on harming themselves, it would be better that AI not answer the question at all. Instead, says Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith in a recent Global Stage livestream, from the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly, tech companies need to build in guardrails that will direct users toward counseling, or explain why they can’t answer.

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Protest in Yerevan following Azerbaijani military operation launch in Nagorno-Karabakh.


It was a quieter day at UN headquarters on Thursday. With US President Biden back at the White House – accompanied by Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky – the crowds had thinned somewhat and fewer delegates could be found attending the debate in the UN General Assembly hall.

Much of the focus was on the crisis in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, where this week Azerbaijan launched a fresh assault on ethnic-Armenian separatists there, who then reportedly agreed to surrender and disarm as part of a ceasefire. Azerbaijan now looks set to take control of the enclave that's seen decades of conflict.

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