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Our latest thinking and news on the issues that matter most in commercial diplomacy and trade from experts at BCIU and within our global network.

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BCIU UNGA Forum with 3M Health Care on Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance by Practicing Better Infection Prevention and Control

BCIU hosted a panel discussion on the margins of UNGA in partnership with 3M Health Care on “Reducing Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) by Practicing Better Infection Prevention & Control (IPC)”,

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AgTech and the Future of Food Security

According to current estimates by the UN, 690 million people—8.9% of the population—are hungry today. If this trend continues, that number will surpass 840 million by 2030.

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Advancing the Energy Transition

Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report, “The Mitigation of Climate Change,” to examine what can be done to limit and prevent human-generated emissions that cause global warming.

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BCIU Appoints Three New Board Directors

BCIU recently held its mid-year Board of Directors meeting and Members meeting where three new directors

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BCIU and the United Bank for Africa Host a Fireside Chat with Tony Elumelu and Mike Froman

BCIU and the United Bank for Africa hosted a Fireside Chat in New York on April 29, 2022 with Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, CON, Chairman, United Bank for Africa plc., and Ambassador Michael Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard, on The Pursuit of Sustainability and Development of Africa. Discussion points included inflation, climate change, youth entrepreneurship, digitalization, energy and food security, gender equity, and much more.

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Women and Digital Transformation

Sustainable growth and gender equality are not only compatible, but concordant. In order to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,

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Perpetuating BCIU’s Mission for International Understanding

At the end of last year, I traveled with BCIU’s President, Peter Tichansky, to Abu Dhabi. Considering the challenges facing the world right now

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How We Achieve the COP 26 Goals

Climate change is an undeniable reality, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions must be an urgent short- and long-term priority for both the public and private sector.

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BCIU & SIDO Sign MOU to Help Boost U.S. Exports, Attract FDI

BCIU & the State International Development Organizations (SIDO) are excited to have entered into an MOU to help advance exports of U.S. goods and services, and increase foreign direct investment to the U.S.

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Three Things to Know About the UAE

In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has long been a leader in innovation and business-friendly regulation. As the country celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the UAE is looking ahead and making plans for a future

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3 Questions in 3 Minutes with Mr. Stephen Kaniewski, President & CEO of Valmont Industries, Inc.

In this segment of our “3 Questions in 3 Minutes” video series, Valmont Industries, Inc. President & CEO Stephen Kaniewski provides insights

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3 Questions in 3 Minutes with Mr. David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group

In this segment of our “3 Questions in 3 Minutes” video series, World Bank Group President Mr. David Malpass provides insights on the World Bank’s mission, it’s priority focus on combating climate change, and what “international understanding” means to him.

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Global Citizenship from Ken Frazier

Our Eisenhower Awards Gala is a very special time every year when we have the supreme privilege to recognize leaders who are making exceptional contributions to our world.

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Global Leadership from H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak

Every year at the BCIU Eisenhower Awards Gala, we recognize leaders who have displayed outstanding leadership and achievement in the international arena.

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Women’s Health Is Wealth: How Investing in Women’s Health Directly Improves Economic Outcomes in Developed and Developing Markets

Prioritizing women’s health is of vital importance in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and rebuilding a global economic recovery. Too many gaps exist in health coverage for women and there is a significant need to promote gender equality in national recovery plans.

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Offsetting the Pandemic Fallout: 6 Ways to Support Women in the Workforce

Before COVID-19 struck, many organizations were advancing solutions to address the roadblocks that hold women back. We were making progress. Not enough and not fast enough, but the trend was positive. Then, suddenly, a once-in-a-lifetime global health emergency turns the world upside down, and our workplaces face a confluence of crises. In the past year, the issue of gender parity has become particularly acute, and the inequities in our places of employment are taking a brutal toll on women.

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Three Things to Know About the Future of Sustainability

Sustainability is no longer just a business priority, but an integral part of every successful organization’s transformation strategy. In fact, 99% of large-company CEOs agree that issues related to sustainability are important to the future success of their businesses. And one of the top issues within sustainability relates to climate change, which has become an urgent concern for the private sector.

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Three Things to Watch in Global Digital Technology Policy

Over the past twenty years, digital technologies have brought deep transformation to our industries and economies. They have contributed to U.S. economic growth and      competitiveness. More recently, digital tools and technologies have enabled resilience      amidst the disruptive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing people to connect, communicate, work, shop and learn virtually. Digital transformation is likely to only       accelerate, as policymakers look for ways to strengthen economic resilience and boost economic recovery in a post-pandemic world.

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Three Things from Henry Kravis on Leading Better

Every year at the BCIU Eisenhower Awards Gala, we recognize leaders who have made  exceptional contributions to social responsibility, sustainability, and the growth and development of humankind. This year, we presented the 2020 Eisenhower Global Citizenship Award to Henry Kravis, Co-founder and Co-Chief Executive of KKR & Co., in recognition of his decades of work enhancing progress around the globe.

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Henry Kravis, BCIU’s 2020 Global Citizenship Award Recipient

Alex Gorsky, for changing the trajectory of health for humanity. Ajay Banga, for revolutionizing financial inclusion across the globe. Marillyn Hewson, for tackling some of the most pressing science and engineering challenges in history. For 35 years, BCIU and its partners have gathered annually in New York for our Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards Gala. We come together to celebrate outstanding leadership in the international arena and the power of partnership to drive progress around the world. But this year is different.

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Three Things on Global Leadership from BCIU Gala Honorees

The power of leadership can easily be taken for granted. That’s why we bring businesses, governments, and people together every year to recognize outstanding global leadership at BCIU’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Awards Gala. Past honorees include Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, Ajay Banga of Mastercard, and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin. This year, BCIU will honor Henry Kravis from KKR at our virtual gala on December 8.

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Three Things to Know About Global Cybersecurity

Digital integration is growing across work, home, and life. Smartphones connect us to family on the other side of the world. Collaboration apps give us the power to work from nearly anywhere. But as digital technology steadily integrates into our lives with each passing day, cybersecurity threats are evolving as well.

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Three Things Every Business Should Know About Emerging Markets 

When it comes to expanding operations in an emerging market, most businesses rely on complex business modeling. Simulations spit out what a business needs to succeed and what to expect over the horizon. But often asking obvious questions can lead to deeper thinking and more clarity than you might otherwise expect.

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UNGA 75 and the Path to a Sustainable Future 

We enter the historic 75th UN General Assembly during a pandemic that has laid bare the fragility of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite a concerted global response during this crisis, the recent Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 highlights the threats to our hard-earned gains and overall ability to accomplish the 2030 goals.

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Three Things Every Business Should Know About Commercial Diplomacy 

When it comes to expanding operations in an emerging market, most businesses rely on complex business modelling. Simulations spit out what a business needs to succeed and what to expect over the horizon. But often asking obvious questions can lead to deeper thinking and more clarity than you might otherwise expect.

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A Bridge to International Understanding

Almost two months ago, protests spurred by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery spread from US cities to cities across the globe. Citizens of France, Brazil, Japan, and Syria stood up in global solidarity with Americans calling for change and meaningful redress for prolonged systemic discrimination.

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3 Things to Know About the Future of Health Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a clarifying moment in so many ways. Not only has it unveiled many of the challenges within the global health system, but it also exacerbated longstanding inequities across our communities that need to be addressed. Along the way, the pandemic has reaffirmed the need for a collaborative, global healthcare framework to ensure equity and security against future health emergencies.