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Davos 2023 day 3 – Radio Davos: global collaboration in the metaverse

Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska addresses the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos, Switzerland, January 17, 2023. Radio Davos is going daily throughout Davos 2023.

Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska addresses the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Davos, Switzerland, January 17, 2023. Radio Davos is going daily throughout Davos 2023. Image: World Economic Forum

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On Day 3 at Davos 2023, we enter the metaverse to experience the Forum’s Global Collaboration Village, hear why inflation may have peaked, but prices haven’t, and speak to astronaut Matthias Maurer. Heba Aly, of the podcast Rethinking Humanitarianism, co-hosts.


Key quotes from Radio Davos on Day 3

Idris Elba, entrepreneur, actor, musician, UN IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

"With greater access to finance, to markets, to resources, to technology, to knowledge and to people, we can define a different future."

Sabrina Elba, actress, UN IFAD Goodwill Ambassador

"Somalia, my home country is on the brink of famine. Millions of Yemeni children are acutely malnourished. Afghanistan, Central African Republic, DRC, Haiti, Sudan, South Sudan all face catastrophic levels of hunger. Hundreds of millions of people are being forced to flee their homes because of conflict, because of climate change. In some cases, both."

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency

"Biggest driver of renewable energy growth today is energy security. Renewables are pushed very strongly because mainly for energy security reasons. So home-grown renewables are the energy of peace."

Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine

"We are facing a threat of a collapse of the world as we know it, the way that we are accustomed to it, or to do what we aspire.

"What can be life in a world where tanks are allowed to strike at nuclear power stations? What will happen to inflation when state borders start to collapse and the integrity of countries will be trampled on by those who want it? What will happen to the cost of living when millions, not millions, but tens of millions of people, will be forced to flee a mass starvation and will become refugees? How does the world want to achieve climate neutrality if so far, it hasn't even stopped the burning of entire cities in Ukraine."

Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum

"The Global Collaboration Village is the pioneering effort to use the metaverse for public good, to create global cooperation and to strengthen global cooperation in the metaverse or using metaverse technologies. For me, it's a dream coming true because the village allows the Forum to create a more larger and open platform where everybody can participate.

"So, the idea is to bring all the stakeholders, governments, business, civil society together on a continued, sustained basis to supplement what we are doing here in Davos."

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