How do we solve the world’s biggest challenges? From climate change to inequality; the rise of big tech and rapid changes in how we live and work. Radio Davos talks to the people who have the ideas, the passion and the power to make change happen in a way that benefits all of us.
As UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on members of the United Nations to take climate action ahead of the November climate summit COP26, leaders from business, civil society and government met online at SDIS21. We get a flavour of the action.
We take a preview of the Sustainable Development Impact Summit where business leaders will start to set out their stalls for the climate conference in November.
The president of the European Central Bank, ranked the world’s second most powerful woman by Forbes, chats with World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab about what the world needs to do to fully recover from the pandemic; the role of finance in fighting climate change; and why cryptocurrencies aren’t actually currencies at a…
COVID has presented huge challenges to healthcare, education and poverty reduction in India. We speak to the ‘social entrepreneurs’ working in the community to help people survive the pandemic.
As many in the northern hemisphere head to the beach, we dispel the 'Jaws' myths and find out why sharks are vital to the ocean and the planet. And Dutch musician Don Diablo drops a summer hit that will help re-forest parts of Africa. With: Andy Cornish, Global Shark & Ray Conservation Programme Leader at WWF Don Diablo, musician Wessel van Eeden, …
Racist reactions at Euro 2020, possible protests at the Tokyo Games, in this episode we ask whether sport unites us, or reveals the deepest and darkest divisions in society. Interviews: Business psychologist John Amaechi; sociology professor and author on racism and sport, Lori L. Martin; Olympic and Tour de France cyclist Nic Dlamini…
‘Doomscrolling’ - getting lost in a social media rabbit hole of bad news - became a thing during the pandemic. We talk to a psychologist about what it is and how to beat it, and we learn how to get the rest we need, that sleep cannot deliver.
On just one day in May, two US oil majors suffered a rebellion by shareholders who demanded action on climate change and a Dutch court ordered Shell to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. But was it a one-off, or are we seeing the battle for climate action move increasingly to the courts? And as some governments seek to embed the price of carbon into…
The World Economic Forum has a new podcast - Agenda Dialogues, bringing you the audio from top-level discussions on the world’s biggest issues, hosted by Forum President Borge Brende. In this Radio Davos episode we dip into three upcoming Dialogues podcasts on climate change, trade, and health.
There are more forcibly displaced people than ever - 82 million - despite the pandemic making it harder to flee across borders. On World Refugee Day, Radio Davos speaks to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, and to Victor Ochen, who grew up in a conflict zone in northern Uganda and has used his experience as a displaced person to help…
Millions of jobs may never return; gender equality has been set back; and work from home is here to stay: Journalist and podcaster Ashley Milne-Tyte talks us through some of the most striking insights from the Jobs Reset Summit.
Marine biologist and the head of the world’s largest research and expedition ship, Nina Jensen, joins us to look at highlights from the recent Virtual Ocean Dialogues and Climate Breakthroughs events, with US climate envoy John Kerry.
Are your children’s toys smarter than you? Two judges at the inaugural Smart Toy Awards, musician will.i.am and UC Berkeley Professor Ron Dahl, an expert on childhood development, talk about their hopes and fears over ‘intelligent’ toys.
As a preview of the Jobs Reset Summit, Bloomberg TV’s Francine Lacqua joins us to look at the changing world of work and what might be the jobs of the future.
When hackers shut down a pipeline dubbed the US ‘infrastructure jugular’ demanding millions of dollars, the world woke up to the threat of ransomware. Experts from the Centre for Cybersecurity explain what’s at stake and we speak to the head of US Homeland Security.
‘Corporate wellness’ is big business, but can it really help tackle the huge challenges of mental health? We hear from the Wellcome Trust’s Director of Mental Health, Professor Miranda Wolpert, and health advocate Grace Gatera.
The co-founder of Wikipedia - the world’s fifth most popular website - had a Q&A with entrepreneurs from the World Economic Forum’s UpLink programme. His key word of advice: don’t be scared to try.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to lead a huge company, Linda Lacina has the answers. In her podcast, Meet the Leader, she chats with a senior figure - usually a CEO - of a big organisation to find out what makes them tick and to get tips we might all learn from. This episode features the chief executive of telecoms group Verizon, Hans Vestb…
For 10 years the World Economic Forum has tracked the world’s progress on getting better, cleaner energy for all. We look at the latest findings and ask how we can achieve climate change goals.
Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried joins Robin Pomeroy for a look at some of the best moments of GTGS, featuring the CEOs of YouTube, Salesforce, government ministers from France and Singapore and predictions from full-time futurologists.
Nikkei journalist Hiroyuki Nishimura joins Robin Pomeroy for a look at the World Economic Forum’s tech summit, hosted by Japan - an event bringing together more than 50 governments and 600 companies to look at the promises and pitfalls of the technologies rapidly changing all our lives.
The World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report 2021 gives a worrying indication of the impact that the COVID pandemic has has on gender inequality. Radio Davos hears from Forum Managing Director Saadia Zahidi and LinkedIn head of public policy Sue Duke.
Hollywood star Matt Damon is a leading figure in efforts to get clean water and sanitation to the poorest people in the world. Damon and co-founder of charty Water.Org Gary White tell us why water is fundamental to tackling global inequality.
How do you turn that great idea for making the world a better place into reality? We hear from four innovators who are working with the Forum's UpLink platform to tackle the biggest challenges facing the planet.
As the world starts to move out of lockdown, we are relaunching World Vs Virus under a new name: Radio Davos. As well as the pandemic, we’ll cover all the biggest global issues: climate change, technology, equality, education and the world of work, bringing you interviews with the people who have the ideas, the passion and the ability to make chang…
As rich nations rush to secure millions of doses, how will poorer countries fare? We hear from the head of COVAX, the global initiative to get COVID vaccines out to all. Plus: how can we counter vaccine-scepticism.
Seafarers are among the forgotten victims of the pandemic - thousands have been stranded at sea for months as ports around the world refuse to let them land. We hear from two ship’s captains about the human impact.
2020 was the year of coronavirus, but also the year of Donald Trump, of Black Lives Matter and of Brexit. CNN correspondent Eleni Giokos joins Robin Pomeroy for a look back on a year that was unforgettable, often for the wrong reasons.
Misinformation about COVID-19 has spread as fast as the virus itself. So is there a cure? UN communications chief Melissa Fleming and journalism entrepreneur Mark Little have some answers.
COVID caused people to snub or even flee cities and the New York Post even suggested “NYC is dead forever”. Two experts tell World Vs Virus why cities will survive but will be changed forever.
As much of Europe returns to lockdown, we listen again to author, podcaster and psychologist Adam Grant on how to survive - and even thrive. This interview was first posted in episode 5.
Nariman Behravesh, IHS Markit Chief Economist, says the worst may be behind us, but the economic crisis caused by the pandemic will be with us for at least another year.
False rumours and conspiracy theories pose a real threat to the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine. Professors Paul Offit and Heidi Larson tell us how we can fight back.
News of upcoming episodes of World Vs Virus in which we look at a global effort to counter anti-vax myths and find out how the characters from Sesame Street are helping children around the world survive the pandemic.
World Vs Virus is taking a short summer break. We'll see you again next month. If you think you're going to miss us, don't forget to subscribe to our program on your chosen podcast platform so you find out when we're back. Meanwhile, listen back to all previous episodes and check out our sister podcast The Great Reset.…
A look back on the pandemic to date, featuring interviews with, among others, Gita Gopinath and David Miliband. What have we learned and what’s next?
The world champion racing driver-turned green investor tells us how the pandemic should be an opportunity to accelerate zero-emissions transport. And find out what he thinks of the armchair athletes of esports.
Mounting evidence suggests people who live with polluted air are more likely to catch and die from COVID-19. WHO’s Dr Maria Neira tells us why we need a cleaner economy as we rebuild from lockdown, and The Clean Air Fund’s Jane Burston says pressure for change will come from the people.
Why are people of colour more likely to catch and die from COVID-19? Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, gives us her view, and also tells us why the as-yet unknown long-term consequences of the virus for survivors could make COVID-19 ‘our generation’s polio’.…
Max Hall speaks to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about issues facing Africa during the COVID-19 outbreak.
She served as finance minister under two Nigerian presidents, rose through the ranks of the World Bank to become managing director, and now chairs the board of the global vaccine alliance GAVI. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala tells us her concerns about the continuing spread of COVID-19 across Africa and the devastating impact an economic contraction would hav…
This week the World Economic Forum and the Prince of Wales launched the Great Reset - a project to bring the world's best minds together to seek a better, fairer, greener, healthier planet as we rebuild from the pandemic. The podcast includes contributions from IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva, labour representative Sharan Burrow and the chief execut…
In January, Stanford historian and author Niall Ferguson saw the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan for what it was - a pandemic in the making. But what can history teach us about recovery and the road ahead?
The 'Great Lockdown' that is ravaging the global economy is quite unlike the financial crash of 2008 and requires a different and even bigger response, the IMF Chief Economist says. Also: a survey of 350 business leaders reveals what they see as the biggest risks from the pandemic in the next 18 months.…
With sports in lockdown, online gaming is enjoying a bonanza. Will esports replace physical games in the long term? And why were gamers better prepared than the rest of us to weather the pandemic? Plus: the race for a virus - we hear from companies on the scientific front line.
What would a child ask a doctor about COVID-19? On this week’s World Vs Virus, Dr Ranj Singh, presenter of BBC TV's 'Get Well Soon', takes questions from a panel of youngsters, and shares tips on how best to talk to children about the pandemic.
It infected one-third of the world’s population and killed 50 million people, but for most of us the Spanish Flu is little more than a footnote of history. Author and science journalist Laura Spinney tells us what we have still to learn from from the 20th Century's worst pandemic.
Jennifer Morgan, head of Greenpeace International, says why the fight against climate change must not be considered an unaffordable luxury as we struggle with COVID-19. And Yale's happiness professor, Laurie Santos, gives her tips on mental wellbeing.
Adam Grant, bestselling author, podcast host and Professor of Management and Psychology at the Wharton School, has advice for employers and employees on coping with COVID-19 lockdown, finding JOMO (the joy of missing out), and how we might achieve 'post-traumatic growth'