Stella Papadopoulou

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ising income and wealth disparity is the trend likely to most affect the Arab world in the coming years. Polarization of societies could have the second-largest impact, followed by cyber-dependency and climate change. Based on the results of surveys conducted among a group of global experts and businesses from the region, these findings are part of the briefing on the New Economic Context for the Arab World.

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he Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is endowed with a young, growing and increasingly well-educated population, which, if skilled for tomorrow’s jobs and offered new and productive employment opportunities, has the potential to significantly enhance the region’s growth.

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peaking at a major international conference in Beijing, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today drew comparisons between China's 'One Belt, One Road' initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals, saying both are rooted in a shared vision for global development.

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he latest United Nations report on energy-efficiency technologies shows that low-carbon technologies apparently aid clean air, save water and cut land use, and could reduce 25 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 17 million tonnes of particulates a year.

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usinesses need to step up the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, materials and processes if countries are to reap their full potential in terms of productivity gains, according to a new OECD report.

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he Asian Development Bank (ADB) will establish a trust fund to promote the integration of high-level technology (HLT) and innovative solutions in the design and implementation of its projects in Asia and the Pacific. The Government of Japan will be the first donor to the fund.

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harting data from 54 African countries, a new UN atlas reveals the continent's energy potential; revealing that investment in renewable energy would strengthen its economic advancement.

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ith more than 60% of its population under the age of 25, sub-Saharan Africa is already the world’s youngest region and, by 2030, it will be home to more than one-quarter of the world’s under-25 population. As this young population – the best-educated and globally connected the continent has ever had – enters the world of work, the region has a demographic opportunity. But the region can only leverage this opportunity by unlocking latent talent and preparing its people for the future of work.

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he Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business are launching the report, Beyond Organizational Scale: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Systems Change, today at the World Economic Forum Solutions Summit, taking place in Durban, South Africa.

The heads of major global businesses are urging G20 governments to formally accept that companies should disclose climate-related financial risks.

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