A distinctive feature of the Forum is support for concrete projects that function as instruments of law, standards, and good practices, or build new institutions, mechanisms, and innovations. Over 60 projects were selected for exhibition at the Forum. The Climate Pathways Project by MIT, for example, is expanding the reach of a climate solutions simulator that is used by decisionmakers to see the impacts of global climate policy decisions on societal factors.
Ten projects were chosen by an expert jury to receive a year of support from the Forum’s Scale Up programme to raise funds, increase their visibility and implement their plans. The projects are based in different continents and vary in their aims and methods. One uses millions of data points to automatically assess the non-financial impact of businesses, directing finance to companies that make both a profit and a difference. Another provides a platform to strengthen the resilience of youth in Central Asia to online disinformation and hate speech.
President Macron of France led a panel discussion on universalism in the face of war. He said: “Behind the word universalism are three things. The fact that our problems are universal…inequality, climate change, biodiversity, peace, food security… There is a universalism that is linked to human dignity… and thirdly, there is geopolitical universalism… the right to autonomy, sovereignty, territorial integrity.”
David Beasley, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, spoke about how the lack of food exports from Ukraine and fertiliser from Russia have compounded COVID’s destructive economic effects, which, combined with widespread droughts, have resulted in a disastrous impact on food security, particularly for the poorest countries. “We’re facing a food pricing problem right now. Next year, we’ll be facing a food availability problem.”
A session on embedding culture at the core of policies and cooperation explored the opportunities of digitalisation, the importance of youth, the insights brought by different languages and the challenges of enabling cultural expression for all.