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What are the world’s leaders really thinking about? Host Ryan Heath takes you up close and personal with global insiders: from the decision-makers who set policy to the business visionaries who shape the global economy and the activists who remake the world order. Global Insider brings you intimate conversations with the leaders tackling the biggest challenges facing our world — plus the latest whispers from the corridors of Davos and the United Nations. Come for the big ideas — stay for the reality checks.

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What are the world’s leaders really thinking about? Host Ryan Heath takes you up close and personal with global insiders: from the decision-makers who set policy to the business visionaries who shape the global economy and the activists who remake the world order. Global Insider brings you intimate conversations with the leaders tackling the biggest challenges facing our world — plus the latest whispers from the corridors of Davos and the United Nations. Come for the big ideas — stay for the reality checks.

    Bonus interview with World Bank President David Malpass

    Bonus interview with World Bank President David Malpass

    Last week at a New York Times event during the U.N. General Assembly, World Bank President David Malpass dodged questions about the science of climate change and said, "I don't even know — I'm not a scientist." On the heels of the controversial comments, POLITICO reporter and Global Insider author Ryan Heath interviewed Malpass to get his perspective on the comments. They also examined the World Bank's approach to funding projects to combat climate change and the challenges facing global development amid concerns of economic recession.

    • 22 min
    Catching up to climate goals

    Catching up to climate goals

    A growing energy crisis, record greenhouse gas concentrations, and increasing extreme weather events, have been hot topics at this year's U.N. General Assembly. Climate action promised by countries worldwide has fallen far short of what's needed to meet the international goal to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This week The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) held its first meeting of the new Global Leadership Council, a coalition of global public and private sector leaders created to help meet this goal. POLITICO reporter and Global Insider author Ryan Heath spoke with the Council's co-chairs—Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, and Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation—about the Council's role in helping accelerate and scale clean energy transitions, and maintaining momentum in tackling emissions targets. Sign up for the Global Insider newsletter here.

    • 14 min
    To Russia without love

    To Russia without love

    Russia's invasion of Ukraine has been a constant backdrop to the U.N. General Assembly this year. From influencing commodity prices to exacerbating already difficult U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to challenging the rules-based global order and effectiveness of multilateral organizations. Events this week catapulted the conflict back to the forefront as international leaders gathered. Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, and Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia's foreign minister, come from different perspectives but have clear views on necessary actions to support Ukraine and share a common level of concern. POLITICO Global Insider author, Ryan Heath, visited both men at their offices near the U.N. to learn what they found most concerning and how they viewed their roles in supporting Ukraine.

    • 19 min
    Will optimism finally tip the scale?

    Will optimism finally tip the scale?

    Global Insider is on the ground at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. If there is a single word that defines or encapsulates UNGA, it's partnerships. That's mostly good because it means collaborating to reach the scale that all advocates and activists here work towards. There's a radical opportunity to implement solutions at scale, but it's also a case-by-case basis to ensure a partnership works. To learn what it takes to scale local solutions and the need for optimism in the fight against climate change, POLITICO reporter Ryan Heath met Hannah Jones, Earthshot CEO, and Antha N. Williams, who leads the Environment program at Bloomberg Philanthropies at the Plaza Hotel just off Central Park.

    • 8 min
    Putin is at war with all of Europe, Spanish PM says

    Putin is at war with all of Europe, Spanish PM says

    This week Global Insider is on the ground at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. After decades of progress in reducing poverty and improving health outcomes, the world has started falling far behind in meeting the 17 U.N. sustainable development goals (SDGs) agreed to by all governments in 2015. And this year, Russia is the drama that colors everything that happens in the debates, donor conferences, and planning for how the U.N. meets its global goals. POLITICO's Ryan Health asked Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez about the impact Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had on the E.U.—beyond driving up energy prices—and how the U.N. can get back on track to meet its goals. 

    • 9 min
    Tradewinds & the worst job in the world: selling globalization in an era of nationalism

    Tradewinds & the worst job in the world: selling globalization in an era of nationalism

    The free-wheeling globalization era is over: That makes life tough for Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the British Trade Secretary charged with selling her country’s “Global Britain” policy. Singapore’s Trade Minister Gan Kim Yong has to cope with the rise of his massive neighbor, China. Both are promoting export hubs battered from all sides as first Covid and now Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upend supply chains. Despite the World Trade Organization’s failure to conclude new global trade deals or speed up distribution of Covid vaccines, neither of these officials is giving up on the global trade body.

    • 15 min

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