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DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – The latest on the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland:

The head of the United Nations is not optimistic that the war between Russia and Ukraine can end soon.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that “I do not see an end to war in the future.”

He pointed to the deep historical conflict between Russia and Ukraine that would make it easier to find a solution based on international law and respecting territorial integrity.

Guterres added that “I don’t think we have a chance to promote or support a serious dialogue to achieve peace in the short term.”

In the meantime, he said that it is necessary to cooperate with the private sector to increase the export of food and fertilizers of Ukraine and Russia.

Both countries are major suppliers of wheat, barley and other food to developing countries where many people are hungry. The UN-approved agreement allows agriculture – Russia is also the world’s largest exporter of fertilizers – to leave the Black Sea region.

Guterres said the insurance sector has helped move ships from Ukraine to Russia, and “we need other private actors to get involved, such as the banking sector, traders and suppliers.”

Some companies fear that it will violate the Western sanctions by supporting shipments from Russia, although partners said that the sanctions do not apply to food and fertilizers.

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NOTES:

– UN chief warns the world is in a “sad” state

– EU leader presents clean technology plan to follow China, US

– World Food Program postponed, not preventing Somali famine

– Elon Musk apparently not on the Davos guest list

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The Dutch Environment Minister said that the Netherlands wants to “sell 2 million electric cars by 2030 – from 2030 onwards only electric cars are allowed.”

Vivianne Heijnen said on Wednesday during a panel session on the “electrical decade” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The organization says that by 2030, the clean capacity will increase three times as it is today and by nine times by 2050. The organization has also found that the power of electricity will become stronger and electricity should increase up to 50% by 2050 by 20. % now.

Heijnen said the Netherlands has one charging station for every four cars. He says “we are thinking of solutions” for “some challenges when it comes to the whole energy system.”

Speaking about the challenges in achieving these clean energy and electricity targets, Jakob Stausholm, CEO of mining company Rio Tinto Plc said, “It is not easy to get green energy at scale. We are – deceive ourselves with the timeline – it will take time.”

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The head of the United Nations says the world is in a “sad” state due to a number of “interrelated” challenges including climate change and the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the struggle “is piling up like a car in a chain reaction accident.”

Guterres said the greatest level of geopolitical division and mistrust in a generation is undermining efforts to address global problems, which include inequality, cost-of-living problems caused by high prices and excessive energy, the effects of which persist. the persistence of the COVID-19 disease. and others.

He described climate change as “an existential challenge,” saying a global agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius “requires the smoke to rise.”

Guterres cited a recent study which found that scientists at Exxon Mobil made remarkably accurate predictions about the effects of climate change in the 1970s, even though the company publicly doubted global warming existed.

“Some people in big oil told that big lie,” he said.

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Japan’s trade and industry minister says the world’s third-largest economy needs innovation and younger leaders.

Economy and Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said, “Japan’s economy has long been dominated by too many elderly people.”

Speaking on a panel Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he said, “We need to change this a lot, because we need a variety of ideas to bring innovation to the new era. I decisions should not be made with only seniors who have been in the same company for a long time making decisions.”

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Despite trade tensions between Beijing and Washington and other trading partners, Nishimura said it is unreasonable to cut economic ties with China, so “full cooperation is not possible, but We need to manage the risks of participation in like-minded countries.”

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The wife of the Ukrainian president Olena Zelenska broke down in tears before attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, after hearing the news that a helicopter carrying the Ukrainian interior minister and other officials had crashed in Ukraine.

Forum president Borge Brende called for a 15-minute silence Wednesday to honor the 18 people who died in the crash.including the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denys Monastyrskyi and other leaders, before the opening of the meeting.

Zelenska said it was “another sad day today. A new loss.”

He told the audience: “I think you understand my feelings. Perhaps they are a little absent from political and economic discussions, but I am sure that as the war changed the whole world, it also changed all our discussions. And we can change this bad situation for good.”

Her husband, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, will speak via video later in the day as Ukrainian delegations prepare for more weapons from international partners.

Speaking shortly before Zelenskyy was German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who is under pressure to send tanks to Ukraine.

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