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World Social Protection Report 2020-2022 The International Labour Organization launched its flagship report on the state of social protection around the world. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder presented the findings alongside Mrs. Shahra Razavi, Director, ILO’s Social Protection department.

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European Space Agency

Interview with European Space Agency Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon, Acting Head of the Foresight, Strategy and Coordination Department (DG-5) and Head of the Strategy and Development Office (DG-5A), we spoke about cybersecurity in space and on land, #innovation, and funding mechanisms in Europe.

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Isabelle Duvaux-Bechon, European Space Agency


UNESCO has recently concluded an AI readiness assessment of 32 countries in Africa. What were the top issues that surfaced, which of these issues are common to all countries and which are unique to each, i.e., fragile countries versus countries in post-conflict stages versus countries experiencing peace process interventions?  To give us an overview of UNESCO programs and upcoming agenda we interviewed with Dr. Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information. In August he led the UNESCO delegation on the G20 meeting of Digital Ministers, that had as title “Technology: People, Planet, Prosperity”.

Dr. Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO Assistant Director-General

UN Human Rights: Right to Privacy

Interview with Brazil’s First Tech Diplomat to the US

UNHCR: Leadership Development at the UN Agency for Refugees

Interview with Microsoft VP of European Government Affairs

Interview with the CEO of the Berghof Foundation, Andrew Gilmour

Interview with Swiss Ambassador Martin Dahinden

Interview with Career Diplomat Alejandro Ramos Cardoso

Interview with diplomat Alejandro Ramos Cardoso, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Mexico, New Zealand, to discuss digital diplomacy, and the ways that it has changed foreign policy.

Interview with Swiss Ambassador Jurg Lauber

Interview with Ambassador Jurg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland at the UN Office in Geneva, and Chair of the UN Open Ended Working Group for Cybersecurity. We spoke about the OEWG mandate to define the directions to create a framework to establish international technical cooperation.

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