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Guidance for the global community of academics, policy makers, business executives and humanists seeking insight into a promising future.

Spotlight Series: learning by founding social entrepreneurship in Refugee camps

The millions of inhabitants of refugee camps are often seen as people with zero options. And especially the young generation has next to no chances to get higher education and decent work. But entrepreneurship education can change that. Not for profit in the first place – but for a chance

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Ominous Omicron

Just as the world began glimpsing the light at the end of the tunnel of an arduous battle against the COVID-19 pandemic - bolstered by the development of several highly efficient vaccines - a new variant of “high concern” as designated by WHO has emerged. And, while the debate continues to rage about the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and how much of it, if any, was human influenced, there should be no doubt that humans shoulder the lion’s share of the blame for the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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KSA: Partnering to advance health security

As previously witnessed with the major outbreaks of West Africa Ebola virus in 2014, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, and Zika in 2016, emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) have too often been neglected or perceived as distant problems. Despite repeated warnings of the increasing threat of epidemics and pandemics, both public and private sector actors have repeatedly failed to prioritize the forward-looking investments, systems, and structures that are necessary to ensure that vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and other medical countermeasures and lifesaving tools are ready to deploy right at the outset of an outbreak to curb the spread of disease before it becomes a global health emergency.

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Securing a future for coral reefs

ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE GLOBAL extent of tropical coral reefs has al- ready been lost – 14 percent of that in the last decade alone, largely as a result of cli- mate change. Even if we reach the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement, 75–90 percent of those remaining are projected to disappear by 2035. Securing a future for coral reefs requires an all-hands-on-deck effort. We must mobilize scientists, technologists, innovators, policymakers and philanthropists. We need to develop and deploy at scale the next generation technologies and science that will enable us to conserve and restore coral reefs.

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