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Alice Hazelton, Sam Leakey, and Greta Keenan

COVID Action Platform in the news

Here's our pick of this week's news coverage of the COVID Action Platform and its initiatives:

  • The Great Reset, an initiative born out of the COVID Action platform to shape the COVID-19 recovery, was covered by the Financial Times.
  • The Guardian quoted HRH The Prince of Wales, who helped announce the launch of the Great Reset with Forum Executive Chairman Prof. Klaus Schwab.

What happened during the latest COVID-19 in Africa media briefing?

Since mid-April, the Forum has been partnering with the World Health Organization (WHO) to organize a series of on-the-record media briefings on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa.

Each week, over 200 journalists from across the continent join to hear high-level experts from international organizations, economic institutions, governments and civil society to answer questions on how Africa is responding to the pandemic.

Speakers at this week's briefing included Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa; The Hon. Safia Boly, Minister of Investment Promotion, Small and Medium Enterprises and National Entrepreneurship, Mali and Dr Michel Yao, World Health Organization Emergency Operations Programme Manager.

What happened during the latest COVID Action Platform virtual meeting?

This week's weekly call marked the beginning of The Great Reset, an initiative born out of the COVID Action Platform to shape the COVID-19 recovery.

The Great Reset - predicated on the notion of creating a more equitable and sustainable post-COVID world - will offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons.

Speakers in the virtual launch event of The Great Reset included HRH Prince Charles; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund; António Guterres; Secretary General of the United Nations; Sharan Burrows, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation; Brad Smith, President, Microsoft; Bernard Looney, Chief Executive Officer, BP; Ajay S. Banga, Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard and Victoria Alonsoperez, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Check out video clips from the other speakers as well as a roundup of top quotes from the session.

Hour of Pride

The COVID Action Platform welcomes its latest project – Hour of Pride – to advance commitments to LGBTQI+ during Pride month in June and throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Leading organizations spearheading the initiative include ILGA, Kearney, Microsoft, OutRight Action International, PepsiCo, Salesforce, The Trevor Project, and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

COVID-19 is disrupting all parts of the workplace, including how workplaces support their diverse and inclusive cultures remotely. Organizational and brand commitments to LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion are being put to the test as Pride parades, workshops and other in-person community activities are being cancelled. How can workplaces find ways to encourage diversity, inclusion and community during the COVID-19 crisis?

Hour of Pride is a multi-stakeholder project that brings together business and nonprofit leaders to promote their commitments to LGBTQI+ inclusion during the COVID-19 crisis. From one-hour virtual workshops to virtual Pride parades with local organizers, Hour of Pride gives companies and organizations an opportunity to showcase their commitments and inspire others to keep their Pride and commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusion during the summer of 2020.

Read here for more information or contact HourofPride@weforum.org to get involved.

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3 ways the Forum's Young Global Leaders responded to COVID-19 last week

Young Global Leader (YGL) Guarav Mehta, founder of Dharma Life India, has launched the #WeforVillage Alliance, which supports the most vulnerable communities in India in continuing to thrive during the pandemic by bringing a network of global partners to develop socially impactful products and services.

Earlier in May, over 100 YGL community members and alum gathered around the world for a 24-hour live stream event around #FindingBeauty in Quarantine Time. The event gathered over 34,000 views, and brought in audiences from all around the world, reminding us that even during these times we can still find beauty in the arts, music and culture.

YGL Lili Gil Valletta and her team at CulturIntel developed the application COVID-19 People IMPACTmeter to bring insights and real time data to understand how COVID-19 is affecting people’s mindsets and attitudes - particularly as the pandemic has brought mental health front and center.

5 ways the Forum's Global Shapers reponded to COVID-19 last week

In Pakistan, the Global Shapers Karachi Hub joined forces with youth from Balochistan, the poorest and largest province of the country, to provide monthly food rations to 1,200+ families and support 200+ doctors and front-line workers with protective gear in the most remote places.

Mental health should be a priority – not only in times of crisis. In partnership with Orygen, a leading mental health research and clinical translation centre, Global Shapers have developed a Global Framework for Youth Mental Health to support and guide local implementation of care in any setting or country.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, Global Shapers have created a platform that puts youth in direct touch with experts from the World Health Organization's Europe regional office to fight misinformation and look at the behind-the-scenes of the COVID-19 response.

In Morocco, the Global Shapers Marrakech Hub promotes knowledge exchange as a way to equip individuals with the necessary skills, helping to cope with the various challenges arising with the pandemic. In seven weeks, they have successfully facilitated 35 trainings to over 1,600 participants from around the world.

Image: Global Shapers Instagram

COVID-19 has made menstrual health more urgent. On Menstrual Hygiene Day, Global Shapers launched a video campaign to address the stigma and shame associated with periods. Menstrual hygiene is a human right and girls and women need access to sanitary supplies and facilities to manage their period in a safe, hygienic and dignified way.