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Cities are home to 54% of the global population and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) say they consume approximately 70% of energy and 75% of global carbon emissions.

Climate change: won or lost in cities or by cities?

Extinction Rebellion disrupted London and brought many transport routes to a standstill on Easter Weekend in 2019. A key demand for the direct action group was for the government to declare a climate emergency

In meetings with the European delegates, speakers highlighted the need to think globally from day one, while emphasizing responsibility to the local community. In the close-knit world of Israeli tech, even global companies give back.

From Israel’s ’start-up nation’, 4 lessons in innovation

By: EBR | Friday, September 20, 2019

Only a short flight separates Tel Aviv from many European capitals, but the seaside city’s leadership on innovation and its bustling start-up culture can make it seem worlds away. Ranked sixth in the world by Start-Up Genome’s Start-Up Ecosystem Rankings in 2019, Israel has been recognized internationally as the start-up nation, punching above its weight for a country with a population of only 8 million

The costs of climate change on people and the economy are clear. The toll on human life is irrefutable. The question is, how will the world respond: will we delay and pay more or plan ahead and prosper?

If we fight climate change properly, it could inject $7 trillion into the economy

By: EBR | Friday, September 20, 2019

The costs of climate change on people and the economy are clear. The question is, how will the world respond? Will we delay and pay more or plan ahead and prosper?

The THE says: "Overall, China’s universities have improved in the areas of citation impact, share of international staff and share of international co-authorship over the past year, driven by higher levels of funding."

These are the best universities in the world

By: EBR | Friday, September 20, 2019

So vital is education to the future of society, billionaire Jack Ma has just stepped down from Alibaba to focus on it. But does it matter where you go to be educated?

Various cultural, economic and social factors, including shame and fear of retaliation from their partners, contribute to women’s reluctance to denounce these acts.

Domestic Violence in the Middle East

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 18, 2019

There cannot be true development in the Middle East without progress on women’s rights

We all held our breath, until Netanyahu appeared in what looked like a press conference, but actually turned out to be a campaign event, augmented by the presence of all the Likkud ministers, who had no clue of what Netanyahu was about to say but who nevertheless acted like cheerleaders.

Israelis go to the polls next week. Can Netanyahu hold on?

By: EBR | Monday, September 16, 2019

If there was a need for more proof that elections have become candidate-centered rather than issues-centered, then the Israeli elections next Tuesday are a case in point


Lagarde was a powerful advocate of the Argentina program. As the executive board of the IMF received only one candidate to replace Lagarde as managing director it has no choice other than to appoint the EU’s choice.

Argentina: Heading for Financial and Political Mayhem

By: EBR | Friday, September 13, 2019

Argentina’s voters, foreign institutional investors and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) never seem to learn from previous calamities.Argentina never learns. Yet again, the country’s economy is in a mess and is destined to head for disaster. Yet again, the recent crop of Argentina’s corrupt politicians is set to return to power.It is as if Argentina’s voters, foreign institutional investors and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) never seem to learn from previous calamities

For many people, democracy is a broad concept that includes all political systems where power rests in “the people”—as opposed to a king or a dictator or the ruling elite.

Governance Vs. Democracy

By: EBR | Friday, September 13, 2019

Why U.S. foreign policy should focus on “good governance” instead of “democracy.”The world is in turmoil and one of the biggest questions on the global agenda is the future of democracy.One could fill a bookshelf with volumes written in the past five years about reversals and declines of democratic rule, even in the United States and Europe as well as beyond.The 2019 annual report from Freedom House records a 13th consecutive year of decline in the global health of democracy

In 2016, Indonesia lost 1 million hectares of forests. But in 2017, that rate dropped by 60 percent to a loss of 400,000 hectares.

Indonesia sets global example on fighting forest fires

By: EBR | Friday, September 13, 2019

The warning signs are visible on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo. It’s the heart of the dry season, and drought — accentuated by a moderate El Nino — is sparking fears of a repeat of 2015, when the climate pattern that leads to above-normal sea-level temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean contributed to devastating fires

The war — never the choice of the Afghan people — has done great harm to our people for all sorts of different local, national, regional and international reasons. Widespread corruption, the massive arming of militias, the fueling of war by neighboring countries, the civilian losses and night raids and deterioration of security have all undermined our children’s education, our women’s ability to work and our ability to provide basic social services to the neediest part of the population.

9/11: The day that changed the world

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that the U.S. conducted after 9/11 had serious consequences for the rule of law in the world.Any anniversary of a major catastrophe brings back strong feelings and sad memories.Such is the case of the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, a tragedy that had long-lasting effects. New York, and the world, has not been the same since the events of September 11, 2001

"When our students demonstrated these unique antibodies, I was called in," tells biochemist Serge Muyldermans. “Of course, there was still a long way to go, but we saw immediately that we really found something very promising."

Fighting dreaded diseases with camel blood brought a huge successto a Belgian biotech company: sold for €3.9 billion!

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A bit of camel blood from the fridge in a lab of a Brussels university (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, VUB) became the basis for a breakthrough: exactly 30 years ago, Brussels’ scientists discovered that it contained miniscule antibodies, which are now called Nanobodies®. In 2018 the spin-off of the invention, the Belgian biotech company Ablynx, was sold to the French company Sanofi for € 3.9 billion

Supporting growth and integration through the AfCFTA will be one of the key issues up for discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa because trade is crucial to development.

How Africa can secure its long-term economic growth

By: EBR | Friday, September 6, 2019

In recent weeks we have seen investors discarding riskier assets for perceived safe havens, such as government bonds, due to escalating trade tensions between China and the United States, slowing global growth and volatile commodity markets

As ICAO marks its 75th anniversary this year and will hold its 40th Assembly Session in September, we once again call upon the global community to urge ICAO to allow Taiwan’s professional and constructive participation, which we believe would greatly help ICAO realize its vision and accomplish its mission of connecting the world.

Call to support Taiwan’s participation in ICAO

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Convention on International Civil Aviation, adopted in 1944 by countries around the world, envisioned that “the future development of international civil aviation can greatly help to create and preserve friendship and understanding among the nations and peoples of the world”

The Turkish president’s cozying up to Putin has drawn the ire of the U.S. Congress. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, hours after the arrival of the second S-400 battery in Turkey and Erdogan’s declaration of interest in Russian jets, called on Trump to “sanction Turkey … as required by U.S. law.”

Erdogan’s Russian Pipe Dreams

By: EBR | Monday, September 2, 2019

While Turkey’s President dreams big power dreams, Putin plays Erdogan like a fiddle

Scientists are concerned that the Amazon is perilously close to a tipping-point creating conditions so hot and dry that local species could not regenerate. If 20-25 percent of the tree cover is deforested, the basin’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide would collapse. If this happens, the world/s largest tropical forest will become its biggest patch of scrubland.

The Amazon is reaching a dangerous tipping point. We need to scale solutions now if we have any chance of saving it

By: EBR | Friday, August 30, 2019

News coverage of the catastrophic impacts of global warming are everywhere

The government of Taiwan has further identified six major areas of interest with respect to the SDGs: smart water management, sustainable energy transformation, clean air, sustainable materials management and the circular economy, ecological conservation and green networks, and international partnerships. These areas complement the main theme of the UN High-Level Political Forum 2018, the SDGs, and the 5Ps—people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership—referred to in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The UN should open its doors for Taiwan

By: EBR | Wednesday, August 28, 2019

President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) transited through New York as a preload to her state visit to Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the Caribbean

Start-ups and young firms play an important role in US job creation. Evidence from the US suggests that there is a distinct negative relationship between firm age and employment growth within each age group. Mature firms are associated with lower rates of job creation than younger firms. While we do find similar trends in Sweden, the relationship does not seem as strong as in the US. Net job creation among Swedish firms seems to be rather stable for firms aged one to seven years old, unlike for the US, where the rate drops at a higher pace.

How Sweden became more entrepreneurial than the US

By: EBR | Friday, August 23, 2019

Recent studies document a 30-year decline in various measures of dynamism in the US, manifested in a decline in the share of young firms as well as their share of job creation

Government policies are motivated by the challenges of labour costs and labour shortage, as well as the imperative to lead a new wave of Industrial Revolution. The Chinese government sees robotics (and automation) as a positive phenomenon, an advance in science and technology essential to China’s rise as a world power.

Understanding China’s robot phenomenon

By: EBR | Friday, August 23, 2019

The working age population is decreasing, wages are rising, and the government is determined to lead a new wave of the industrial revolution

Globally, the same economic logic holds. Rapid population growth produces great poverty in those countries that are presently subject to it, making their societies yet more unequal and even less stable.However weak the rudimentary social security and unemployment benefit systems are that even relatively poor countries may have put in place today, rapid population growth puts huge stresses on those systems. It impoverishes the society as a whole, preventing spending on other critical needs.

Uncomfortable Truths: “No Charge” Immigrants

By: EBR | Thursday, August 22, 2019

Trump’s public charge principle could usefully operate globally

Closer to home, Brexit has become a time-consuming distraction, while Merkel is biding her time as chancellor of Europe’s biggest economy. Her coalition government is almost paralyzed: it cannot even agree on climate change goals or something as basic as putting a speed limit on superhighways.

Europe’s Paralysis, America’s Disruption

By: EBR | Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Events over the summer confirm that the EU is politically unable to confront the major geopolitical and strategic shifts at a time when the United States lacks diplomatic leadership

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