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COP26. How can the world measure progress on the Paris Agreement? (Steven Lam, Sherilee Harper, Warren Dodd, WEF)

  • To achieve the climate goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, targets have to be set and progress measured.
  • When it comes to climate change, that assessment is called the “global stocktake.”
  • Different countries have different ways of collating data, making it hard to forge international comparisons.
  • Limited attention to climate action measurement risks misunderstanding climate progress and designing unattainable climate targets.

How are we measuring progress on the Paris Agreement? | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Africa. Study: African forests hold more carbon than we thought (Phil Platts, Martin Sullivan, Aida Cuní Sanchez, WEF)

  • African tropical mountain forests are not only carbon-rich: they are also rich in biodiversity.
  • Research recently published in Nature shows that tropical mountain forests in Africa actually store as much carbon per hectare as those found in African lowlands.
  • This is because, although African tropical mountain forests have fewer trees than their lowland counterparts, they have a greater abundance of large trees (over 70cm in diameter), whose increased mass means they hold on to more carbon.

How much carbon is stored in Africa’s tropical forests? | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Sustainable Development. Investing in nature gives industry and business a competitive advantage. Here’s why (André Hoffmann, Katell Le Goulven, WEF)

  • On the agenda at the IUCN Congress in Marseille is awareness that investment in a vibrant natural world opens the door to sustainable and sustained prosperity.
  • Forward-thinking business leaders understand that nature and economics are inextricably linked.
  • Industry leaders need to change the measures of growth, bring the true value of nature into market pricing and ensure demands on nature do not exceed the ability to supply.

Investing in nature gives industry and business a competitive advantage. Here’s why | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Digital Inclusion. Innovative debt financing could close the digital access gap. Here’s how (Burke Norton, Bill Horton, WEF)

  • Digitization of services is on the rise, with digital inclusion affecting access to healthcare, education and financial services.
  • Business, government and civil society recognize the societal and economic imperative to invest in digital inclusion, which is vital to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Digital inclusion bonds can have a pivotal impact on building a more prosperous and equitable world.

Innovative debt financing could close the digital access gap. Here’s how | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Cybersecurity. Digital privacy comes at a price. Here’s how to protect it (Robert Muggah, WEF)

  • Data privacy exchanged for frictionless convenience is being compromised, stolen and leaked with disturbing regularity.
  • People do not consciously put a price on their online privacy and most are unaware of how much data they are voluntarily sharing.
  • We need a more coordinated approach across the public and private sector to tackle cyber security and enhance data protection.

Digital privacy comes at a price. Here’s how to protect it | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Decarbonizing Industry – How to decarbonize heavy-duty transport and make it affordable (WEF)

Renewable electricity grid increases EV sustainability. Source: ABB.

Renewable electricity grid increases EV sustainability. Source: ABB

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  • Heavy-duty trucks are responsible for 25% of global road emissions, despite only representing 1% of total fleet vehicles.
  • To successfully decarbonize heavy-duty transportation the public and private sector must join forces.
  • We outline how a collaborative effort can overcome existing barriers to build a sustainable and affordable industry.

Decarbonizing heavy-duty transport and making it affordable | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Inequality – How can we close inequality gaps in the global COVID-19 recovery? (WEF)

writes: The global economic recovery continues, but with a widening gap between advanced economies and many emerging market and developing economies. Our latest global growth forecast of 6 percent for 2021 is unchanged from the previous outlook, but the composition has changed.

go to WEF: COVID-19: how can we make the global recovery more equal? | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Artificial Intelligence/TechInnovation – Is artificial intelligence ready for the great rehiring? (WEF)

writes: After a year that witnessed unemployment reach levels unseen since the Great Depression, the Great Rehiring is upon us – and AI is likely to play a significant role in it. Employers, especially those who need to hire rapidly and in large numbers, are turning to AI-driven technologies such as resume-screening programsautomated interviews, and mobile hiring apps to rebuild their workforces. To the millions of employees who were displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, these technologies can mean a fast track back into the workplace. And to the businesses whose doors were shuttered by the pandemic, these technologies are an efficient path back to profitability.

go to WEF: Is artificial intelligence ready for the great rehiring? | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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Global Health – How can the world end viral hepatitis by 2030? 5 experts explain (WEF)

writes: More than 1.1 million people die from hepatitis B and C every year. An estimated 296 million people worldwide are living with hepatitis B, but only 2% of those are receiving treatment. For hepatitis C, which is curable, only 21% of the 58 million people worldwide who are affected by the disease are diagnosed, and fewer than two-thirds of those are on treatment.

go to WEF: How can we end viral hepatitis by 2030? 5 experts explain | World Economic Forum (weforum.org)

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