Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates covered a lot of ground in his keynote address Monday at the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, including the issue of childhood death.

For Gates, the work of his foundation in helping to reduce the number of childhood deaths is important – as is battling how young minds are ravaged by disease. In 2000, he said, when the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation began, 12 million children were dying every year. Now, he said, it’s 7 million. A big part of that reduction, he explained, has to do with new vaccines. And within another 15 years, he hopes it can drop to under 3 million.

The most important problem we want to avoid, according to Gates, is biological and nuclear terrorism. But, he said, the risk of large-scale nation-state war is lower than it’s ever been.

Check out other clips from Gates’ keynote – as well as the full address – on Microsoft’s YouTube channel.

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Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff