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The United States and China are currently the world’s largest polluters. While the COVID-19 lockdown caused a lull in CO2 emissions and dirty air, air pollution has already rebounded to previous levels in China.

End fossil fuel subsidies and reset the economy for a better world - IMF head

Now is the time to end fossil fuel subsidies and create a greener, fairer economy for the future, argued Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, at a World Economic Forum virtual meeting

There are many reasons to pursue a Great Reset, but the most urgent is COVID-19. Having already led to hundreds of thousands of deaths, the pandemic represents one of the worst public-health crises in recent history. And, with casualties still mounting in many parts of the world, it is far from over.

Now is the time for a ’great reset’

COVID-19 lockdowns may be gradually easing, but anxiety about the world’s social and economic prospects is only intensifying

The innovation pathway is the route a product or service takes from the beginning to the end of its lifecycle, including clinical need and idea, development, market entry, reimbursement and adoption.

Future-proofing Europe’s digital health innovation pathway

Evolving the digital health innovation pathway

«All of the major global players, the United States, China and the European Union, got their initial response to the crisis partly wrong.»

COVID 19: Assessing the Global Political Fallout

The COVID 19 pandemic and the ensuing mega-recession may shape political debates and choices for a long time

A shift to multi-level sourcing, on the regional level, is already underway in the medical industry as equipment manufacturers and pharmaceutical supply chains are moving in high gear to respond to government orders.

A Post-Covid Outlook: The Future of the Supply Chain

As the coronavirus wreaks economic turmoil around the world, our modern supply chains are facing unprecedented stress

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The WTO and its rulebook play a vital role in the global economy, but the organisation is under threat. The problems confronting the WTO – US-China trade tensions, the unilateral raising of trade barriers, the fact that the WTO’s Appellate Body can no longer function – were formidable even before COVID-19.

World

5 reasons why the role of WTO Director-General matters

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, announced on 14 May that he would step down a year earlier than planned

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The UpLink platform brings together key stakeholders who are championing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): change-makers, social innovators, thematic experts, investors and technology titans.

Analyses

3 innovations which are leading the fight to save our ocean

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The ocean is our lifeline - we rely on it for the food we eat, the air we breath, as well as for millions for jobs worldwide

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«The COVID-19 crisis shows the crucial importance of a well-performing social protection system. Let’s take the opportunity to invest in social protection as a structural solution to address the consequences of the COVID crisis, and not merely offer short-term measures.»

Europe

An EU minimum income framework is an urgent safety net after Covid-19

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The upcoming German EU presidency intends to take up an initiative for an EU framework for minimum income systems. Shannon Pfohman looks at what this should look like

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“The future of many small businesses is uncertain right now, with nearly a third in the US telling us that they’ve stopped operating completely. We have over 160 million businesses on our platforms across the globe and we are completely focused on getting those businesses the direct support they need during this crisis.”, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook.

Analyses

COVID-19 has upended the media industry: how it can come back stronger

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The fallout from the COVID-19 crisis is reaching every aspect of people’s lives and livelihoods. Global poverty is expected to increase for the first time since the 1998 Asian Financial Crisis, the US jobless rate is above 10%, and many nations are facing stark economic realities in light of the pandemic

“As a contributor to the Smart Borders Initiative from the first discussions with the European Commission, IDEMIA is looking forward to shaping the outcome of this major project, based on our comprehensive understanding of the current European systems.”

Europe

EU signs contract for large-scale biometric database to protect borders

Thursday, June 4, 2020

The European Union’s ICT agency for internal security and border control, eu-LISA, has signed a framework contract for a new biometric matching system which aims to create a database of fingerprints and facial images of more than 400 million third-country nationals by 2022

The e-dialogue will be live via ΥΕS FORUM’s FACEBOOK page

Events

GLOBAL YOUNG SHIPPING FORUM: What now?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

On Friday 5th June 2020 at 16:00- 18:00 

Before the pandemic struck, the prevailing wisdom in London was that if too little progress were made by June, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson would have the good sense and political capital—following his bigger-than-expected election victory in December 2019—to ask for an extension, despite his repeated promises not to do so.

Europe

The Coronavirus Traps Brexit and Boris Johnson

Thursday, June 4, 2020

With the pandemic messing up the Brexit negotiations and weakening the British prime minister, prospects for a wide-ranging UK-EU deal by the end of 2020 are vanishing fast

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The assumption that others are similar to us could undermine idea generation.

Management

You May Be More Original Than You Think

Thursday, June 4, 2020

If you have ever done solo ideation – as has anyone from a start-up entrepreneur to a freelancer – you will know that it is a repeated process of generating and pruning ideas

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“There are a lot of aquaculturists who don’t realize right now the power of real-time monitoring”.

Analyses

’Water-forecasting’ and fish farms fed on waste: how innovation is driving the blue economy

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Using waste food to farm insects as fish food; and high-tech real-time water quality monitoring: innovations that could help change global aquaculture, were showcased at the World Economic Forum’s Virtual Ocean Dialogues 2020

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Commissioner Hahn pointed out that the increased budget proposal will “beef up” the EU’s crisis management in agriculture, by enabling a well-functioning crisis reserve to be used in time fo needs.

Europe

Commission defends reinforced CAP budget to greening EU’s farming

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

It is very difficult to make EU’s main farm policy greener when figures on the bottom line are red, budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Tuesday (2 June) in an attempt to uphold the latest proposal of increased spending for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

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“Government funds need to be invested in people for long-term jobs. We have an opportunity to shift coal miners who have been working in those types of jobs into other ones over time. It can’t be an either/or. We need to be thinking about these things together.”

Analyses

How the world can ‘reset’ itself after COVID-19 – according to these experts

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

There won’t be many among the 7.7 billion people on Earth who haven’t been affected in some way by COVID-19

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EU budget chief Johannes Hahn has even had to go out of his way to insist that the €750bn recovery fund plan is not an act of altruism but an investment strategy, pure and simple. Nearly 175,000 people have died in Europe alone, yet the discourse’s real focus is the bottom line, not lives.

World

The Brief – Ad astra et altruism

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Elon Musk’s success in blasting two astronauts into orbit provided a welcome – albeit brief – distraction from the grim situation plaguing most of the world. Humanity’s space exploits can tell us something about where society is going and, more importantly, failing

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EU Actually

Von der Leyen’s hunt for ‘leakers’ to the member-states

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Politico let know, that, according to EU officials with direct knowledge of the investigations, European Commission officials are hunting for leakers

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24 countries sign pledge to boost international rail routes

24 countries sign pledge to boost international rail routes

Twenty-four European countries agreed on Wednesday (3 June) to work together on international rail transport and make it “an attractive alternative” over distances where it is currently not competitive

Business

Three Teamwork Trends That May Not Survive This Crisis

Three Teamwork Trends That May Not Survive This Crisis

Many expert observers have made predictions about the “new normal” of work after the pandemic. Some are optimistic, envisioning a paradigm shift towards a more flexible, empowered future for workers through remote working

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