Global gender gap sees only a slight improvement and will still take five generations to close at current progress.

Improvement in political participation of women has the most impact as it is where the gap is largest, with top-level positions remaining largely inaccessible for women globally.
With over 60 national elections in 2024 and the largest global population in history set to vote, women’s political representation and the overall gender gap could improve.
Parity in global labour-force participation is recovering, reaching 65.7%, up from a pandemic low of 62.3%.
Women's representation in AI engineering has doubled since 2016, but significant underrepresentation in STEM fields and AI remain.

82% of chief economists expect the global economy to remain stable or strengthen this year – almost twice as many as in late 2023

Over two-thirds predict a sustained rebound of global growth, driven by technological transformation, artificial intelligence and the green transition
There is near-unanimity that geopolitics and domestic politics will drive economic volatility this year

The EU Parliament put today its stamp of approval on the EU’s carbon removal certification framework. The regulation provides guiding principles for a set of methodologies, still in development, to certify processes to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Much still needs to be defined through a dedicated expert group. Such definitions should include ‘renewable carbon’, the missing link to a circular, climate-friendly economic model.

Announced by Commission President von der Leyen and chaired by Executive Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, the Clean Transition Dialogues’ core aim is to support industry in building a business model fit for a decarbonised economy. With the right priorities now clearly identified, the collaborative approach now more than ever needs to be continued.

By Winfried Muehling, Marketing & Communications Director, Pro Carton

On April 22nd, Earth Day, we will join the global movement in support of environmental protection. The world’s population is projected to rise from 8 billion today to 10 billion by 2050, underscoring the urgency of addressing the impact of human activities on the environment (according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). Despite ongoing concerns about global conflict and the economy, environmental issues remain prominent on the consumer agenda.

In its last meeting before the EU elections, the European Competitiveness Council presented today what could be considered as its guidelines for the upcoming Commission on how to keep Europe from an industrial decline. The plan entails supporting industries which have already taken the path of increased circularity, embraced the bioeconomy, and decoupled growth from resource use, such as the pulp and paper industry.

A growing oral health crisis is impacting billions of people, straining health systems and economies worldwide.

Dental care has historically been overlooked as a critical health issue, with vulnerable populations particularly affected.
Health insurance policy changes and expanded coverage for oral healthcare will be crucial to tackle the crisis and improve health equity globally.

Limited data availability hinders banks’ climate finance and prudential supervision.

Small businesses often lack the awareness and information they need to understand the financial risks caused by climate change.
Massive investments, and hence long-term finance, are needed to decarbonise the electricity sector in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and improve energy efficiency in buildings, and banks will play a key role in this.
Foreign-owned local subsidiaries can be a catalyst in developing a sustainable financial market.

At a moment of geopolitical fragmentation, the World Economic Forum Special Meeting 2024 charts a path to renewed dialogue, collective action and a more sustainable future.

1,000 global leaders from 90 countries, including 220 from government and the public sector, gathered to address pressing global challenges and bridge the North-South divide.
Thought leadership and initiatives cut across the three themes in the programme: inclusive growth; global collaboration; and energy for development.

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