Public Broadly Positive on Vaccines as a Personal Choice

Public Broadly Positive on Vaccines as a Personal Choice
Public.Affairs@weforum.org Six-month study found five insights into the current public view on all types of vaccines Messages on social media received more positive response if they focused on personal choices and gratitude for being vaccinated rather than “moral obligations” to do so People with low confidence in vaccines have two main concerns: low trust in the system and concerns about side-effects and safety Data for the study was gathered from publicly available online sources, including social media and blogs from Q4 2020 up until April 2021 Read the report Geneva, Switzerland, 25 May 2021 – A new study released today outlines the public discourse around vaccine confidence. The research, conducted by the World Economic Forum and NetBase Quid, an analytics platform for consumer and market insights, looked at publicly available content from social media platforms and blogs over a six-month period. The five key findings are: Protection top concern: The most compelling reason that people publicly identify for being vaccinated is the ‘protection’ offered by the vaccine. Protection is referenced at least five times as often as other words. Backlash for moral messaging: Messages that focus on a moral responsibility to get vaccinated, especially coming from visible public figures, can result in a sharp backlash. Personal gratitude: Responses to images and simple messages around ‘gratitude’ received the most positive responses. Positive communications from health professionals, social media influencers were more effective than those from other groups, particularly politicians.Low confidence and low trust: People expressing low vaccine confidence appear to align with two broad groups: one group with low confidence in components of the vaccine system, such as the government or pharmaceutical companies, and one group with concerns about how the vaccine will affect their own personal health.Overall concern: People online rarely distinguish between the types of vaccines, but rather express general concerns that ‘the vaccine’ doesn’t work or is not guaranteed to protect you from COVID-19. The paper also outlines some of the key drivers of vaccine confidence that underpin these findings, such as trust in government and other institutions, whether people feel like their concerns are being listened to and properly valued, and the different ways that people weigh up the risks and benefits of being vaccinated. Heidi Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and who advised on the research, said: “The challenge of low vaccine confidence is not new, though it is particularly pressing as governments struggle to contain COVID-19.” “Ultimately,” said Larson, “this is a challenge that is going to be with us for the long haul. As this report shows, the general public can be highly effective at building vaccine confidence among their friends and family, so we can all play a part in listening to people who have concerns and helping address them. We need an all-of-society approach to protect ourselves and our communities against COVID-19. The trust building needed is beyond vaccines, but building vaccine confidence is an entry point to the many other layers of trust needed moving forward” Bob Goodson, President and Co-founder of NetBase Quid, said: “One of the unique things about the system we used to analyse this content is that we can deeply understand people’s emotional reactions to messages that they encounter on social media and time-and-again, people react most positively to simple, positive messages about vaccination and negatively to being told what to do.” Genya Dana, Head of Health and Healthcare at the World Economic Forum, said: “It is important to come together and engage in dialogue to understand public health concerns. Vaccines represent one of the greatest public health advances in modern times. Their role in ending the COVID-19 pandemic depends in large part on understanding how to meet people where they are and listening to and responding to their questions.” Notes to editorsRead the report Read the Forum Agenda also in French | Spanish | Mandarin | Japanese Check out the Forum’s Strategic Intelligence Platform and Transformation Maps Follow the Forum on Twitter via @wef@davos | Instagram | LinkedIn | TikTok | Weibo | PodcastsBecome a fan of the Forum on FacebookWatch Forum videos| View photosLearn about the Forum’s impactSubscribe to Forum news releases and Podcasts The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. (www.weforum.org).

War Crimes Prosecutor Would Not Focus On US Forces In New Afghan Probe

War Crimes Prosecutor Would Not Focus On US Forces In New Afghan Probe
Amsterdam: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday said he was seeking approval to resume a war crimes investigation into Afghanistan, focusing on the actions of the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) militia.A statement said the request was being made to the court’s judges in light of developments since the Islamist Taliban movement seized control of Afghanistan in a lightning advance last month.Prosecutors had previously also looked into suspected crimes by US forces and Afghan government troops. But Karim Khan, six months into his nine-year tenure, said they would now “deprioritise” that element due to lack of resources, and instead focus on “the scale and nature of crimes within the jurisdiction of the court”.Afghan human rights activist Horia Mosadiq, who has been helping victims to support the ICC probe for many years, called the announcement “an insult to thousands of other victims of crimes by Afghan government forces and US and NATO forces”.The ICC had already spent 15 years looking into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan before opening a full investigation last year.But that probe was put on hold by the Afghan government, which said it was investigating the crimes itself. The Hague-based ICC is a court of last resort, intervening only when a member country is unable or unwilling to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.Khan said the fall of the internationally recognised Afghan government and its replacement by the Taliban represented a “significant change of circumstances”.”After reviewing matters carefully, I have reached the conclusion that, at this time, there is no longer the prospect of genuine and effective domestic investigations … within Afghanistan,” his statement said.UPHILL BATTLEThe court had found there was a reasonable basis to believe war crimes had been committed between 2003 and 2014, among them suspected mass killings of civilians by the Taliban, as well as suspected torture of prisoners by Afghan authorities and, to a lesser extent, by US forces and the US CIA.But the United States is not a party to the ICC, and imposed sanctions against the office of the prosecutor for investigating the role of US. forces. Shifting the focus of the probe could help mend the court’s relationship with Washington.A lawyer who represents Afghan victims of suspected U.S. torture in the ICC investigation said the narrowing of its focus was “deeply flawed”.”Allowing powerful states to get away (with) multi-year, multi-continent torture against so many, feeds impunity for all,” she said on Twitter.Judges will now review the request.If approved, the investigation will face an uphill battle to gather evidence, as the Taliban rulers appear unlikely to cooperate in the same way as the governments in place since the Taliban’s last period in power ended in 2001.The Taliban administration in Kabul could not immediately be reached for comment.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com”Early indications suggest that their policies on matters related to criminal justice and other material considerations are unlikely to conform to those adopted since 2002,” Khan said in his submission to the court.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Special Annual Meeting in Singapore to Take Place in August 2021

Special Annual Meeting in Singapore to Take Place in August 2021
Adrian Monck, Managing Director, Public Engagement, public.affairs@weforum.org 中文 Geneva, 3 February 2021 – The World Economic Forum Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore will convene on 17-20 August. The meeting follows the success of the Forum’s virtual Davos Agenda in January, which brought together world leaders from government, business and society. The Special Annual Meeting 2021 was scheduled for 25-28 May. Although the World Economic Forum and Government of Singapore remain confident of the measures in place to ensure a safe and effective meeting, and local transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore remains at negligible levels, the change to the meeting’s timing reflects the international challenges in containing the pandemic. Current global travel restrictions have made planning difficult for an in-person meeting in the first half of the year. Furthermore, differing quarantine and air transport regulations have increased the lead time necessary to ensure that participants globally can make arrangements to join. The Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore in August will be the first global leadership summit to address the challenges of recovering from the pandemic and laying the basis for a more inclusive and sustainable world. It will bring leaders face-to-face to focus on shaping solutions to the most pressing challenges of our times. “A global leadership summit needs the participation of all global stakeholders,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “The Special Annual Meeting in Singapore in August will provide the place for leaders from business, government and civil society to come together to address the steps for global recovery.” Notes to editorsRe-play sessions from the Davos AgendaRead the Forum Agenda also in French | Spanish | Mandarin | JapaneseCheck out the Forum’s Strategic Intelligence Platform and Transformation MapsFollow the Forum via Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | TikTok | Weibo | Podcasts | @wef @davosForum videos | photosLearn about the Forum’s impactSubscribe to Forum news releases

Seventh Summit on the Global Agenda Aimed at Shaping the Transformations of the World

Seventh Summit on the Global Agenda Aimed at Shaping the Transformations of the World
Oliver Cann, Director, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 (0)79 799 3405 E-mail: Oliver.Cann@weforum.orgOver 1,000 members of the world’s foremost community of experts gather in Dubai to generate insight and action to address the most pressing and critical global challengesThree-day Summit is held in partnership with the Government of the United Arab Emirates and marks the fifth time the Summit has been held in DubaiMore information about the Summit is available hereDubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 November 2014 – The seventh Summit on the Global Agenda opens tomorrow in Dubai, convening over 1,000 globally recognized experts from academia, government, business, civil society and the media under the theme, Shaping the Transformations of the World. Held in partnership with the Government of the United Arab Emirates, the co-chairs of the Summit are Sultan Saeed Nasser Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, and Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi, Director-General, Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.This year’s Summit marks the fifth time that it will have been held in Dubai, and the seventh successive year it will have been hosted in the United Arab Emirates. It also comes at a critical juncture in global, regional and industry agendas, as instability and disruption continue to pose unprecedented challenges to world leaders.Thought leaders attending the Summit each belong to one of 80 Global Agenda Councils, each of which is mandated to originate solutions and opportunities for a specific global, regional or industry challenge. These 80 councils are complemented by six meta-councils, which comprise experts from across the Network of Global Agenda Councils to address wider issues beyond the remit of any one individual council.Innovations at this year’s Summit include the inaugural GAC Vision Award, designed to recognize councils that have achieved breakthrough results in the previous two-year term. Another innovation is Future Circles, a strategic policy retreat that is taking place after the Summit and pairs experts from the network with senior leaders from the UAE government to generate insights that will contribute to the UAE’s transformation. The Summit will also boast an unprecedented public agenda, with over five press conferences webcast live and two television debates.“The Global Agenda Councils, with well over 1,000 members, have become the largest global expert network in the world. It is absolutely vital, in the context of an interconnected complex world, to have a place where the best minds come together in an interdisciplinary way to share their expertise, to look for solutions and to propose action. I have seen again and again how discussions here in Dubai have impacted the thinking of global leaders. It is our ambition, together with the government of the UAE, to make the meeting of the Global Agenda Councils a reference for collaborative efforts of experts from business, politics and civil society to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges facing the world,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum.“In today’s world we cannot function in isolation, which is why the Summit on Global Agenda has assumed such relevance. By hosting the Summit, the UAE is presenting to the world our own initiatives and strategic approaches in sustaining our growth momentum. As the UAE brainstorms for a better world, sharing the success of the UAE in creating a growth environment will be invaluable in finding effective solutions to crisis situations and redefining the world’s development agenda,” said Sultan Saeed Nasser Al Mansoori.“We see the Summit on the Global Agenda as an endorsement of Dubai’s role in generating transformational ideas that will shape a brighter and more inclusive tomorrow. As we host this Summit in Dubai once again, we see this as an opportunity to showcase our growth model before the world. We feel this is the perfect platform to inspire other emerging economies to make sincere efforts towards generating prosperity and happiness in their societies,” said Sami Dhaen Al Qamzi.Notes to EditorsThe Host broadcaster for the Summit is Dubai Media Corp.Everything about this year’s Summit: http://wef.ch/gac14Download the Event App for Summit on the Global Agenda 2014 with GAC14 as passwordView the best pictures of the Summit on Flickr at http://wef.ch/gac14pixFollow the Forum on Twitter at http://wef.ch/twitter and key quotes from the Summit http://wef.ch/livetweetTwitter users, please use the hashtag #globalagenda for all tweets about the event and #WEF about the ForumFollow tweets from participants on our twitter list at https://twitter.com/wef/lists/gac-14Live stream of sessions: http://wef.ch/liveBecome a fan of the Forum on Facebook at http://wef.ch/facebookFollow the Forum on Instagram at http://wef.ch/instagramFollow the Forum on Google+ at http://wef.ch/gplusWatch sessions on demand on YouTube at http://wef.ch/youtubeRead insights from our guest bloggers on the Forum:Blog at http://wef.ch/blogSubscribe to our News releases: http://wef.ch/newsShare this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)