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01/21/2015 11:19 am ET Updated Jan 21, 2015

Jasmine Whitbread: First And Third World 'Not Geographic Anymore -- They Cut Right Across'

Jasmin Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children, spoke with HuffPost Live at Davos on Wednesday about the major progress that has been made to help lessen the severity of issues like poverty, child mortality and hunger.

Whitbread blogged for HuffPost about the big achievement:

When the international community came together in 2000, to develop the Millennium Development Goals, we made the biggest promise to its poorest people that we would tackle absolute poverty, child mortality, hunger -- and that promise has now been partially, but substantially, fulfilled. Together, we've succeeded in lifting 600 million people out of poverty, helped 56 million more children go to school, and substantially reduced the gap in primary enrollment between boys and girls. Thanks to the commitments made, the numbers of children under five dying of preventable causes has dropped by nearly half from 12 million in 1990 to 6.3 million today.

But Whitbread said there's still work to be done.

"This could be the turning point, on the other hand, this could flitter away," she said.

Whitbread said there need to be a redoubled effort on the area of nutrition, and any progress made could impact areas closer to home than many may think.

"We still have a first world and a third world, but they're not geographic anymore -- they cut right across," Whitbread said.

Below, more updates from the 2015 Davos Annual Meeting:

01/24/2015 8:58 AM EST

McAfee On Evolution And Technology

"Evolution has wired us; we have social drives," McAfee said.

"Could there be a piece of technology that figures out an intelligent next question to ask somebody? Yeah," McAfee said.

01/24/2015 8:57 AM EST

'Making Workers Obsolete'

"For 200 years of industrial technology, we've been making workers obsolete," McAfee said.

McAfee said nobody knows if we're reaching the point where technological developments could lead to unemployment.

01/24/2015 8:56 AM EST

Andrew McAfee At Davos

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Andrew McAfee of the MIT Sloan School of Management on HuffPost Live

01/24/2015 8:46 AM EST

Bruder On The Barriers Women Face

"We strive to have the majority of our graduates female," EFE's Ron Bruder said.

"I don't think there's an official barrier but there's a social and structural barrier in a lot of these countries toward women," Bruder added.

Bruder said his company creates local foundations, and those foundations tackle those issues on EFE's behalf.

01/24/2015 8:42 AM EST

EFE's McAuliffe And Bruder: Young People Need Jobs

EFE's president and CEO Jamie McAuliffe, along with founder and chair Ron Bruder, sat down with HuffPost Live at Davos on Saturday.

Bruder said it's vital to the global economy that youths have jobs.

McAuliffe said EFE starts with businesses.

"Where are the jobs?" he said.

01/24/2015 8:14 AM EST

'Every Woman Has The Opportunity To Be An Activist'

Catchafire Founder & CEO Rachael Chong joins HuffPost Live to share her thoughts on how to get more women to Davos.

01/24/2015 8:11 AM EST

'Doing Less, But Better'

Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, said his book grew out of working with people who are really successful.

"Success can become a catalyst for failure," he said.

McKeown said leaders at Davos have experience with plateauing after achieving professional success. To avoid that, McKeown said, people must find a way to expand their contribution without doing more.

"The whole idea is about doing less, but better," he said.

01/24/2015 8:00 AM EST

Online Data Is Like Money

"In some sense, we're the next generation of banks," Smith said, noting you wouldn't put your data in a place you don't trust just like you wouldn't deposit your money at a bank you don't feel is stable.

01/24/2015 7:59 AM EST

Hacking Crime Difficulties

Smith said the most difficult part about investigating a hacking crime is identifying and finding a hacker.

"Our prisons are not full of hackers," Smith said, noting hackers are often in countries outside the U.S.

01/24/2015 7:57 AM EST

Brad Smith At Davos

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Brad Smith at Davos

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