UNHCR: Donors Step Up | Biodiversity: Interview with Tara Ocean Foundation Executive-Director Romain Troublé | Twitter Spaces on February 27 at 8PM CET
Twitter Spaces on February 27 at 8PM CET with Deputy Consul General of Brazil, Eugenio Vargas Garcia; Dr. Noah Giansiracusa, Bentley University; and Sophia Karakeva, CCO DataScouting
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We will discuss ChatGPT and diplomacy, how media monitoring services analyse disinformation and misinformation in the EU, and the state of the news media in the US and how AI impacts the news business and the question of disinformation.
Monday 27 February at 8 PM CET
H.E. Eugenio Vargas Garcia, Deputy Consul General of Brazil in San Francisco
Ms. Sophia Karakeva, CCO DataScouting
Dr. Noah Giansiracusa, tenured associate professor of mathematics and data science at Bentley University, author of How Algorithms Create and Prevent Fake News: Exploring the Impacts of Social Media, Deepfakes, GPT-3, and More, published by Springer Nature.
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Tara Ocean Foundation
Interview with Romain Troublé
I interviewed the Executive Director of Tara Ocean Foundation, Romain Troublé, to speak about their upcoming projects in the Artic, and the the creation of a new intergovernmental panel dedicated to the study of oceans and to support science based policy-making.
We also spoke about plastic use reduction, the participation of Tara Ocean Foundation on the OneOcean Summit, and at other UN fora (Tara Ocean Foundation has observer status at the UN) and a new treaty to protect oceans.
He does not believe mitigation is enough, we need real reduction of plastic use, and the current technologies to remove plastic from the oceans are just masking a more important challenge and policy area in climate chance.
Find out what he said by watching/listening to our 10 minutes interview.
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France Will be Hosting the UN Oceans Conference in Nice
On the agenda: a treaty to protect oceans.
UN Refugees Agency
I interviewed Mark Manly, Head, Donor Relations, for the UN Refugees agency.
We spoke in early January, when they have just received a 1.1 Billion USD pledge from various country-members including the US, Netherlands, EU, Norway, Denmark, and from private individuals as well as companies in the private sector.
Their estimated operational budget for 2023 is slightly above 10 Billion USD, and that was before the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. There are 100 million people that were forced to flee their homes back in early January. That number will increase now.
Learning How to Trade
WTO Advanced Trade Policy Course
Twenty-four government officials from developing countries across the world are attending a two-month Advanced Trade Policy Course from 30 January to 24 March 2023 at the WTO headquarters in Geneva. The course was opened by New Zealand’s Ambassador to the WTO, Clare Kelly, and Jorge Castro from the WTO’s Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation (ITTC). Learn more here.
WHO: Decade of Healthy Ageing
Have Your Say
Survey deadline: 22 February 2023 (Wednesday)
Since the publication of the UN Global report on ageism, the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism has worked to spark a worldwide conversation on ageism and grow the movement to build #AWorld4AllAges.
Help shape the Global Campaign's further development by taking a short survey:
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As the Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry in Botswana, she implemented reforms to significantly improve the ease of doing business, open up both domestic and international markets, and position the country to succeed in the global value chains as well as the digital economy. During her tenure, she was the youngest Cabinet Minister in Africa and in Botswana’s history.
Kenewendo is also a vocal advocate for gender equity and the protection of children’s rights. She has received global recognition for her work, being appointed as a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, Senior Africa Advisor to Jack Ma Foundation and Africa Business Heroes, Jury for the FAO Africa Innovation Prize, a member of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and group on Financing for Development, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, WEF Trade Action Group and a WEF Young Global Leader.
She currently serves as the Africa Director & Special Advisor for UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, a Non-resident Fellow at Center for Global Development, and sits on multiple corporate boards.
We spoke about COP27 and the role of non-state actors on advancing the agenda.
Our Twitter Spaces June 2022
Gary Marcus on AI and the hype around it, in discussion with Marielza Oliveira, UNESCO; Luis Lamb, Fellow at Sloan School of Management at MIT and Former Secretary of Technology at the State of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil; and Brazil’s Consul General in San Francisco and Tech Diplomat Eugenio Garcia.
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