The story of day three at Davos 2023

Here's a snapshot of what you might have missed from Day 3 of Davos 2023.
Here's a snapshot of what you might have missed from Day 3 of Davos 2023.
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  • Tech, the path to peace, and health were among the topics on the agenda at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2023 today.
  • Here's a snapshot of what you might have missed from Day 3 of Davos 2023.

Welcome to your roundup of Day 3 at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos. Today we've had sessions on the future of jobs, the Indian economy, health and its link to climate change, among many more.

Here's a snapshot of just some of what's been going on today.

Calls for action

At Davos 2023 Day 3, we heard from Aziz Akhannouch, Head of Government of Morocco, António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Olaf Scholz, Federal Chancellor of Germany, and Ferdinand Marcos Jr, President of the Philippines.

'There are no perfect solutions in a perfect storm,' António Guterres told Davos. He called for cooperation and collaboration to address the range of interlinked crises we face. We need cooperation on challenges such as the climate crisis, he stressed.

There is also a need for cooperation on issues like trade, for example, as Aziz Akhannouch explained, as he described the 'unprecedented crystallization of multiple challenges'.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr struck a positive note on growth and unemployment and stressed the value of international alliances.

German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, outlined the decarbonization efforts that are underway in Germany. He expressed his hopes that Germany can become a carbon-neutral economy by the time his successor addresses Davos in 2045.

A message from Ukraine

This afternoon we also heard from Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine.

Olena Zelenska outlined the work of her foundation, which aims to restore the human capital of Ukraine. She spoke of the sense of support she's felt for her country in Davos.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Davos today, starting with a minute's silence to honour all Ukrainian lives that have been lost, including in today's helicopter crash. He stressed the need for urgent action.

Talking tech

Technology was top of the talking points today in Davos. We've launched new reports on topics from cybersecurity to digital inclusion and the metaverse.

We also heard about the work being done to build the metaverse.

We heard about artificial intelligence, for example on its role in tackling the climate crisis, and from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Satya Nadella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft, USA speaking in the A Conversation with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 18 January.
A Conversation with Satya Nadella
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Today's not the only day that we're talking tech, either. Yesterday, we heard about the role of technology in the transition to a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world. As Arvind Krishna, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM, explained, technology is unlocking new opportunities.

Health, climate and interlinked challenges

Health remains on the agenda at Davos this year. Yesterday, we heard from an expert panel on how we can end tuberculosis, which included the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

This morning we heard on the State of the Pandemic and the latest on COVID-19. Then, this afternoon, we looked at the links between health and climate change in Putting Health at the Heart of Climate Action.

It wasn't the only session that touched on interlinked crises that threaten us. The Leading the Charge through Earth's New Normal brought together leaders from government, business and beyond to look at how we can build a more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future.

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