Who We Are

The Global Solutions Initiative is a global collaborative enterprise to propose 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 and is a stepping stone to the T20 and G20 Summits. Read more about the Global Solutions Initiative’s Vision & Mission.

Policy Advice


Toward global paradigm change

To make progess recoupling our economic, political and social domains, we need to go back to basics and inquire how humanity has managed to perform massive acts of cooperation in the past. Read more

D. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative


Quality infrastructure investment: Ways to increase the rate of return for infrastructure investments

This paper points out the importance of high-quality infrastructure investment where quality is measured by how much economic and social value can be created by infrastructure projects in a region. Read more

S. Lakhia (ADBI), N. Hendriyetty (ADBI), N. Yoshino (ADBI)


Reinvigorating the WTO as a negotiating forum

The multilateral trading system is on the verge of a crisis arising from, among others, the dysfunction of the WTO as a forum for trade liberalization and trade-related rule-making. Read more

D. Laborde (IFPRI), A. Freytag (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena), et al.



Global Solutions Summit 2019

From United Nations to United Societies

With Saudi Arabia taking over the G20-presidency in December 2019, an Arabic nation is leading the intergovernmental body for the first time. In a commentary Dennis Snower looks back on the Japanese presidency, looks forward to the upcoming, and highlights successes and challenges for multilateralism.

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Think20 Saudi Arabia Inception Conference

The Saudi Think20 Secretariat will host the Think20 Saudi Arabia Inception Conference on January 19-20, 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Global Solutions Fellows program is launched

Four renowned researchers and policy advisors are the first to join the new Global Solutions Fellows program.

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We are happy to announce that #GlobalSolutions President
@DJSnower has been invited to formally serve on the @T20Solutions Advisory Board, a group of senior international experts that consult during the #Think20 presidency https://t20saudiarabia.org.sa/en/About/Pages/LeadershipAndstructure.aspx

We received an incredible response of more than 3.600 applications from 163 different countries for #YGC20. It is great to see how many people are pushing for change on a regional or global level! We will inform all applicants about the outcome of their application by December 19

Each #T20Saudi Task Force produces several Policy Briefs. A Policy Brief is a written report that outlines a global problem and offers research-based recommendations for solutions. Past policy briefs of previous T20s are available at G20 Insights: https://www.g20-insights.org/policy_briefs/

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