Based on a survey of close to 90,000 respondents from six countries in the South-East Asia region (ASEAN), this report continues to monitor the impact of the pandemic on respondents, exploring how the ongoing digitalization has benefited their life and society in the real economy, what stands in their way of further digitalization and maximization of such benefits, and how to tackle these obstacles. It also offers a window into people’s outlook for the world post pandemic. One consistent finding throughout the survey was how the respondents believe technology will play a vital role in supporting their own livelihoods as well as the economy at large. The survey also revealed that digitalization has a ‘flywheel’ effect wherein users who had first experienced the benefits of technology were more eager to deepen their levels of digitalization. The survey was conducted in partnership with Sea Ltd.
The world has fundamentally changed in the past 12 months. A tiny virus has shown us how devastating it can be: COVID-19 grew to a pandemic with tragic consequences for many institutions and individuals. But this past year has also shown us how we can achieve a better future. We can do so by building our economy on new concepts, by intensifying cooperation between business and government and across nations, and by exercising systems leadership. In our Annual Report 2020-2021, you can read how the World Economic Forum has contributed to those objectives, and its overall mission to improve the state of the world.
The June edition of the Chief Economists Outlook comes out amid improving aggregate recovery momentum, yet in a profoundly uncertain environment with widely diverging trajectories. Across countries, differentiated paths are opening up, determined to a large extent by access to vaccines and the financial resources available to governments. This edition of the Chief Economists Outlook explores the most important forces supporting the recovery as well as important developments and risks that could yet delay or derail it. It draws on the collective views and individual perspectives of a group of leading Chief Economists, through the Forum’s Chief Economists Survey and consultations with the Chief Economists Community.
The World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Consumption seeks to advance responsible models of consumption to benefit people and the planet. One focus area is the environmental degradation caused by plastic pollution, which the platform is addressing through its Consumers Beyond Waste initiative.
These three community-authored papers: The City Playbook; Design Guidelines; and Safety Guidelines provide specific recommendations for implementing reuse models. The Executive Summary distills the main findings from these three papers, which collectively offer a holistic framework for practitioners and policymakers seeking to adopt or expand reusable packaging systems in their own communities.
Driven by declining fertility and increased life expectancy, the global population aged 60 years and older is growing at a fast pace and is estimated to reach over 1.6 billion by 2050. Artificial intelligence (AI), in the form of assistive autonomous robots, self-driving cars, AI-enabled health apps and wearables, voice-activated devices and intelligent homes, could tackle key ageing related challenges. These technologies, however, should be designed with intention and should consider privacy and consent. They should also balance the needs of autonomy and safety, protect data against misuse, minimize social isolation and reduce the risks associated with over-reliance on AI. This report provides a list of guidelines that can help support the responsible development of AI technologies that meet the needs of the ageing population.
Produced in collaboration with Oliver Wyman, this report argues that to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve a net-zero future, a multifold increase in private capital flows is needed to deploy, validate and expand critical breakthrough technologies in the next decade. Individual stakeholder action will not solve the potential market failures, resulting in significant investment gaps. Co-designed solutions that focus on innovative financing approaches, new ways of doing business as well as de-risking measures are necessary. By proposing an initial set of financing approaches and de-risking solutions, this report seeks to initiate an important discussion on how to rapidly accelerate the deployment of capital towards breakthrough technologies to fight climate change.
This report, produced by the Tropical Forest Alliance, tracks the relationship between the rising demand for food and agricultural products and deforestation and paints a picture of increasing demands on tropical forest landscapes. It explores how commodity-driven deforestation occurs under conditions of competing pressures from food security, rural development, global trade and environmental protection.
Preserving tropical forests is possible, and it can happen if stakeholders working to tackle the issue deploy systemic solutions that take into account these competing pressures of growing agricultural demand, sustaining livelihoods and ensuring economic development.
This report presents the findings from multistakeholder discussions, with a focus on the longer-term opportunities that the Greater Bay Area (GBA) could unlock. It also identifies the critical enablers required to realize these opportunities.
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