Sarita Nayyar, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, World Economic Forum, joined the Virtual Press Conference on The Davos Agenda today to highlight the role of business in solving the world’s most complex issues.
She said, "Business leaders have partnered with us all through 2020 to bring innovative solutions and to expedite implementation. During The Davos Agenda, over 1,000 business leaders will join us to highlight many of these initiatives."
She talked about three of the initiatives, led by business, that will be showcased next week:
The COVID Action Platform
"As the pandemic unfolded last year, disrupting lives and livelihoods, we created the COVID Action Platform, where business leaders from all sectors came together. This cross-industry group supported the fastest, most coordinated, and successful global effort in history to develop tools to fight a difficult disease. This effort was part of the COVID-19 tools accelerator in partnership with WHO and it included facilitating rapid, largescale manufacturing of vaccines.
"More recently the Forum has engaged transportation and logistics companies to support UNICEF and COVAX countries to have fast and widespread distribution of vaccines. And while the pandemic is of course still front and centre and remains a priority, our health platform is also focused on some other health issues, one of which is Alzheimers. There are close to 10 million new cases of dementia each year, there is an urgent need for the type of collective action we witnessed during the COVID-19 pandemic. And during this week, global CEO initiatives on Alzheimers will advance much needed collaboration to develop new diagnostics and treatments."
Innovative Alliance on Digital Infrastructure
"Digital connectivity has been critical to our ability to work, to educate our children and to live our lives through this pandemic. However, nearly half the world STILL does not have access to the internet. This alliance, in partnership with business is an ambitious initiative to accelerate achieving universal access, by connecting the digital infrastructure of the 21st century to critical sectors of the economy."
Vision to achieve net-zero
"We just heard about the criticality of net-zero work. Cities account for nearly two thirds of the emissions on our planet and in order to keep the global temperature increases within 1.5 degrees or below, cities need to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. By taking a holistic approach across multiple sectors, cities can reduce their carbon emissions, create jobs and enable people to lead healthier lives."