Issue LXXIII | February 2024



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2024 Global Risks: Misinformation Takes the Lead

The World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2024 has identified misinformation and disinformation as the top risk over the next two years, followed by extreme weather events and societal polarization. Read on.

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EBRD Faces Scrutiny Over Human Rights Concerns

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is under fire for alleged human rights violations in projects like Uzbekistan's cotton production and Bosnia's silver mine. Civil society organizations are urging EBRD to enhance transparency, consultation, and responsibility in its Environmental and Social Policy. Read on.


Addressing the Climate Finance Gap in Asia-Pacific Cities

Despite Asia-Pacific hosting over half the world's urban population and facing climate vulnerabilities, a $6-$12 trillion funding gap hinders climate action projects, with only 10% directed towards adaptation. Urban-Act, backed by Germany's International Climate Initiative, aims to address this gap by facilitating project preparation and offering solutions for effective climate finance in cities. Read on.

Small Nuclear Reactors: Promise, Challenges, and the Global Race to Address Climate Change

As the world races to reduce carbon emissions, some see small modular reactors (SMRs) as potential game-changers, offering emission-free electricity. Over 50 designs are in development globally. Read on.


CGIAR TAAT Model Emerges as Key Player in Transforming Africa's Food Systems

Under CGIAR's leadership, the TAAT model stands out as a crucial tool in tackling Africa's food crisis by delivering technology to over 40 million smallholder farmers, aiming to double productivity and generate an additional 120 million metric tons by 2025. Read on.

UN Tax Convention: Shifting Global Tax Power and Future Outlook

The UN General Assembly's recent decision to draft the UN Tax Convention marks a significant shift in international tax cooperation, potentially giving all countries, especially those in the Global South, a fairer share of tax revenues. Read on.

Empowering Women's Health: A $1 Trillion Boost to the Global Economy by 2040

A report by the World Economic Forum and the McKinsey Health Institute reveals that closing the gender health gap could contribute over $1 trillion annually to the global economy by 2040. The research indicates that every $1 invested in improving women's health could generate $3 for the economy. Read on.


Over Seventy Countries Face Elections in 2024, Posing Varied Democratic Challenges

In 2024, elections are scheduled in over seventy countries, encompassing diverse democratic challenges. While some nations face issues of democratic backsliding and contested electoral processes, others contribute to the global democratic landscape, highlighting the varied nature of political transitions around the world. Read on.

Canada Faces Isolation and Global Changes as Middle Powers Adapt to New Realities

The geopolitical landscape has shifted, and Canada, once considered a middle power adept at navigating global dynamics, now finds itself more isolated and grappling with an unpredictable United States. In an era marked by fraying multilateral institutions and power shifts, the traditional role of middle powers faces new challenges. Read on.


Navigating the Ethical Landscape: Emerging Technologies and the Future of Freedom of Thought

As social media, AI, surveillance, AR/VR, and BCI technologies converge, concerns arise about compromising freedom of thought. Historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari warns of potential human "hacking," urging critical examination and legal boundaries. Read on.

Dutch Internet Community Divided Over Outsourcing to Amazon's Cloud

The Dutch Internet community is divided over the decision by Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland to outsource functions to Amazon's cloud service. Critics argue it compromises digital sovereignty, while supporters emphasize economic benefits and autonomy in choosing service providers. Read on.


Investing in Youth Peacebuilders Vital for Lasting Security

Investing in youth-led peace initiatives is crucial for sustainable peacebuilding, with one in four children globally affected by conflict or disaster. The UN Progress Study on Youth, Peace, and Security underscores the positive contributions of young people in conflict prevention, peace education, and formal/informal peace processes, urging funders to allocate $1.8 billion by 2025 to support these initiatives. Read on.

February 2024 Global Citizen Blog

In this new issue, we explore the importance and complexity of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emphasizing their role as a collective framework for global progress. Read on.

Additionally, we delve into the concept of planetary commons, advocating for a new level of transnational cooperation to safeguard critical Earth system functions beyond national borders. Read on.

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