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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speak at Day 1 of Reuters Next

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern participates in a televised debate with National leader Judith Collins at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020. Fiona Goodall/Pool via REUTERS

Today Reuters kicked off its premier global forum bringing together global leaders and forward-thinkers to inspire, drive action and accelerate the approach to the challenges faced in the year ahead.  

Day 1 of Reuters Next featured a stellar line-up of panels and interviews with leaders including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Anthony Fauci, Greece Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams and many more. 

Take a look at the news highlights from today’s forum:  

New Zealand PM says Facebook, others must do more against online hate 

Tech giants like Meta’s Facebook and world leaders needed to do “much more” to stamp out violent extremism and radicalisation online, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday. 

US climate envoy Kerry says China, India, Russia must do more to tackle global warming 

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said on Wednesday that big greenhouse gas emitting countries like China, India, Russia and others must move faster to help the world avert the worst impacts of global warming. “And we have to help them,” Kerry said in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. 

NATO chief says Russia would pay ‘high price’ for Ukraine aggression 
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia not to use force against neighbour Ukraine on Wednesday and told Reuters that Moscow knows it would pay a high price through sanctions and other steps by the West for any aggression. 

U.S. Congress will pass voting rights bills, Stacey Abrams says 

Democratic politician Stacey Abrams is bullish that the U.S. Congress will pass two key bills to protect voting rights – even though her party has already failed to advance voting rights legislation four times this year. 

Crypto can bring about financial inclusion, Infosys chair says 

Crypto assets are worth considering and can be used to bring about more financial inclusion, Nandan Nilekani, chairman of software services exporter Infosys, said at the Reuters Next Conference on Wednesday. “There is a role for crypto as assets but they obviously will have to follow all the laws and make sure that it doesn’t become a backdoor for money laundering … they have to use that [as] an entry point to get lot of young people into financial markets,” said Nilekani, who co-founded Infosys, India’s No.2 IT company in 1981. 

We’ll continue to hear from diverse leaders and influential thinkers on Day 2 of Reuters Next tomorrow, including U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, Singapore Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung, Governor of the Central Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina and activist X Gonzalez. 

To sign up and see the full agenda, click here. Follow the latest news coverage on Reuters.com and the live conversation at #ReutersNext. 

[Reuters PR blog post] 

Deepal Patadia

Deepal.Patadia @tr.com

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