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Hi, this is Paula writing from Davos, where talks yesterday included a heavy dose of AI, climate finance and the Middle East, while Argentinian president Javier Milei predictably condemned social justice and western “collectivism” and a Global Alliance for Women’s Health was launched.

Shuttling between Davos and Bern, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s meeting earlier this week with Swiss president Viola Amherd resulted in a promise of a Ukraine Peace conference, with Geneva shortlisted to host the event.

Be sure to keep an eye on this space as I’ll have more stories for you from Wef in the coming days.

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Paula Dupraz-Dobias


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Swiss president Viola Amherd speaks with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 15 January 2024 in Kehrsatz near Bern, Switzerland. (Keystone/Pool/Alessandro della Valle)

🔭 Switzerland sets sights on Geneva for Ukraine peace summit. Bern may host a summit in Geneva to discuss Ukraine’s peace plan nearly two years into Russia’s invasion, according to media reports. However, Moscow is unlikely to receive an invite.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🧐 OpenAI CEO Altman says at Davos future AI depends on energy breakthrough. Sam Altman, head of the firm that developed ChatGPT, warned that artificial intelligence will consume more energy than the public may expect.

Reuters (EN)

👩🏻‍🤝‍👩🏾 Improving women’s health ‘could add at least $1tn a year to global economy’. A report published by the World Economic Forum (Wef) and McKinsey Health Institute says lack of investment in women’s health and shoddy data on the health of half of the global population are to blame for the lost opportunities.

The Guardian (EN)

🤑 Big tech firms recklessly pursuing profits from AI, says UN head. Secretary General António Guterres also called on tech leaders meeting in Davos to introduce guardrails for artificial intelligence.

The Guardian (EN)

🚢 WTO head 'less optimistic' for world trade due to Red Sea strikes. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told journalists at the Wef meeting that predicted growth forecasts for trade will be revised downward as a result of shipping disruptions to Suez and Panama canal routes due to conflict and climate change, respectively.

AFP via The Hindu (EN)

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