About: Bill Gates

Energy 17-10-2018

Bill Gates launches EU clean energy ‘breakthrough’ fund in Brussels

The newly-established €100 million fund will help innovative European companies bring “radically new” clean energy technologies to the market, including the “holy grail” of batteries, the European Commission said.
Brexit 20-04-2017

Lives at risk if Tories choose to cut UK foreign aid target, says Bill Gates

Bill Gates warned Theresa May that should the Conservatives go ahead and abandon the UK’s overseas aid spending pledge it would reduce the country’s influence in the world and mean more lives lost in Africa.
Development Policy 23-02-2017

Lake Chad crisis: ‘If Nigeria fails, Africa fails’

As delegates arrive for the Oslo emergency summit on Northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region today (23 February), why should people in the EU care about people who live in such a far-off place, writes Jamie Drummond.
Central Europe 17-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express | Soros: Return of the scapegoat

If his name were Bill Gates, he’d be treated differently. But, after decades of serving as a scapegoat for conspiracy theorists, the former György Schwartz, AKA Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, must be used to it by now.
Global Europe 16-02-2017

Gates urges Trump not to defund foreign aid

Bill Gates spoke at the European Commission on Thursday (16 February) urging world leaders, including Donald Trump, not to defund foreign aid spending.
Development Policy 16-02-2017

EU overtakes UK on medical research for developing world

Bill Gates, the US businessman turned philanthropist, is in Brussels on Thursday (16 February) to unveil a new report into medical research and development for the developing world that shows the EU has overtaken the UK in terms of funding.

Innovation and the EU: Fewer apps, more vaccines

Innovation is worthy of support, but European leaders need to focus more on life-saving vaccines rather than the development of more delivery apps, writes Cecile Vernant. 

Transport 01-06-2016

Member states haggle over ‘low-carbon mobility’ goals

The European Commission is having “very intense discussions” with member states over the individual emissions reduction percentage that they will be assigned to reduce emissions in sectors not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme, a top EU official told journalists today (31 May).
Energy 17-03-2016

Combining gas and renewables can deliver ‘energy miracle’

A lot is happening in the world of natural gas. Just recently, the European Commission published its gas strategy and the United States exported its first Liquefied Natural Gas. It is a clear sign of the role that gas plays and will have to play in Europe’s energy mix, writes François-Régis Mouton.
Development Policy 26-01-2016

Mozambique goes to war with malaria

In September, the international community adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, one of which was the pledge to contain malaria by 2030. In Mozambique, an international project promises to contribute. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.
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Health 21-01-2016

The Commission needs to tackle non-communicable diseases

The Commission’s aims for better regulation of Europe’s economy go hand in hand with an improvement of the overall health of the European workforce, write Claudiu Ciprian T?n?sescu and Cláudia Monteiro de Aguiar.
Climate change 16-12-2015

The early success of COP21

The Paris climate conference largely succeeded on its first day in global participation, low carbon innovation and carbon pricing, writes Professor Michael Grubb.

Bill Gates announces the ‘Breakthrough Energy Coalition’

As COP21 opened in Paris today (30 November), Bill Gates announced the “Breakthrough energy coalition” uniting the efforts of two dozens of other billionaire philanthropists such as Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos to sponsor energy that doesn’t produce carbon.
Development Policy 21-10-2015

Are we dreamers in the world of international cooperation?

Sceptics may refer to the SDGs as a high school wish list, but they provide new opportunities to focus on a common system of targets, writes Sven Grimm. 
Development Policy 16-09-2015

Three videos that explain this month’s big event in New York

If you haven’t heard about the Global Goals yet, you will soon. Later this month, leaders from around the world will get together at the United Nations in New York to agree on the world’s development agenda for the next 15 years—what they’re calling the Global Goals.
Development Policy 03-09-2015

Bill Gates calls for more funds to help world’s poorest farmers

Bill Gates called for more funds to help the world’s poorest farmers deal with climate change on Tuesday (1 September), in an appeal that could help pry open the coffers of industrialised countries.
Development Policy 22-07-2015

Sanofi cholesterol drug, GSK malaria shot to get EU okay

Sanofi and Regeneron's new cholesterol drug Praluent could be recommended for approval in Europe as early as this week, along with the world's first malaria vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline.
Development Policy 03-07-2015

What world leaders can do in September to improve the lives of the poorest

When world leaders meet in September to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will make a strong case that health goals should be a top priority, writes Bill Gates.
Development Policy 03-07-2015

Saudi tycoon donates fortune for development

Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (€28.8 billion) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges.
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Agrifood 27-02-2015

MEPs, NGOs at odds over effect of Europe’s GMO stance on developing world

It took Europe three years to break the deadlock on Genetically Modified Organisms. The European Parliament decided last month to give member states the choice to ban or allow the cultivation of GM crops.
Development Policy 23-01-2015

Melinda Gates suggests Vatican should approve modern contraceptives

Challenged to comment on Pope Francis' recent comment that Catholics shouldn’t “breed like rabbits”, Melinda Gates told a Brussels audience that women in developing countries should be educated, and use modern methods of contraception in family planning.
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Agrifood 22-01-2015

Bill, Melinda Gates advocate GMOs to a Brussels audience

On Thursday (22 January), Bill and Melinda Gates spoke to a Brussels audience, which didn’t appear shocked by their endorsement of GMO crops.
Development Policy 15-01-2015

A thousand aid groups launch ‘action/2015’

More than a thousand global development aid and philantropic organisations around the world launched  a campaign today (15 January) named action/2015, which is likely to be one of the largest ever launched.
Development Policy 15-01-2015

Open letter to world leaders: 2015 will see major decisions for the millennium

Politicians, activists and celebrities ranging from Queen Rania of Jordan and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, to Bill and Melinda Gates, Richard Branson, Bono, Sting, Matt Damon and many others, turn to world politicians with an open letter, reminding them that the actions they will take in 2015 will decide the way the world turns for decades to come.

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