Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the 4th Global Solutions Summit was held online. 36 Global Tables, with keynotes, panel discussions and vision statements,  the Digital Global Solutions Summit tackled the T20 and G20 agenda as well as generated policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, the purpose of our work is to support multilateralism and the G20 from a civil society and research-based perspective. 

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Who We Are

The Global Solutions Initiative is a global collaborative enterprise that proposes policy responses to major global problems, addressed by the G20, the G7 and other global governance fora. The policy recommendations and strategic visions are generated through a disciplined research program by leading research organizations, elaborated in policy dialogues between researchers, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives.

The Global Solutions Initiative was founded during the 2017 German G20 Presidency. Since then, the Global Solutions Initiative supports the Think20 process for think tanks. Read more about the Global Solutions Initiative’s Vision & Mission.

The Global Solutions Initiative is primarily funded by major German foundations and public institutions. Please find a complete list of our partners here. Funds are mainly used to support independent research serving the G20’s global public interest.

Policy Advice


The Socioeconomics of Pandemics Policy

To encourage people around the world to cooperate globally in tackling global problems, policymakers at local, national and global levels will need to encourage people around the world to cooperate globally in tackling global problems, with the aid of two powerful tools that humans throughout history have used to coordinate their efforts: identity-shaping narratives and institutions of multi-level governance. Read more.

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative)


Global Trade Cooperation after COVID-19: Can the G20 Contain Disintegration?

Since the current health crisis feeds into, and greatly amplifies, the prior disintegrative forces set in motion by a number of causes, the analysis is embedded in a broader view of the prospects for the G20 to restore international trade cooperation. It concludes by offering a framework to guide international trade cooperation beyond the COVID-19 crisis, anchored in the military notion of ‘dual-use technologies’, and with a view to containing the worst protectionist impulses the crisis is feeding. Read more

P. Draper (Institute for International Trade)


Measuring what you treasure: The Recoupling Dashboard

To stop fragmentation among societies and to ensure economic activities are carried out sustainably, the use of GDP as an indicator of prosperity is no longer enough. 

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative), K. Lima de Miranda (IfW Kiel)

The Recoupling Dashboard »


20 July 2020

Call to Action for the G20 Nations

Policy experts call on the G20 to support countries in prioritizing people-centered policies as nations recover from the global economy’s systemic shock caused by COVID-19.

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8 July 2020

The Implementation of the G7 and G20's Gender Policy Goals in Germany

Equality policy has been increasingly discussed in the G7  and G20 in recent years. They committed themselves to a number of goals for better equality for women. A study by W20-Germany examines the extent to which these goals have been implemented in Germany. 

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19 May 2020

Don't save the economy. Change the economy.

In our post-pandemic future, consumption and production will have to be compatible with social distancing, writes Dennis J. Snower, President of the Global Solutions Initiative, in this article for Politico.

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Governments must protect citizens' #autonomy and increase #onlineprotection to match the immense trust placed in #BigData controllers like @Google, @KMac_Martin and #GlobalSolutions Fellow @PaulDTwomey argue on #G20 Insights. Read their Policy Brief here:

Our G20 #DietsforaBetterFuture report is now live.

Call to G20 leaders to shift diets & introduce more ambitious national dietary guidelines to unlock climate, #health, environment benefits & reduce the risk of future pandemics. #G20SaudiArabia

In the current print edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung @FAZ, @DJSnower presents his advice on how to re-emerge from the #COVID19 crisis: Do not treat this like a normal #recession, but find adaptive solutions to further #solidarity and stabilize the #economy.

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