Activities of our Network

The Global Solutions Initiative is made possible through its distinguished and highly committed partner organizations. The following overview shows conferences, webinars and other events aimed at providing policy recommendations to the G20 and T20, which are hosted by members of the Global Solutions Initiative’s network. 

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Upcoming Activities

October 20-30, 2020 
Policy Dialogue ‘Multilateralism that Delivers’
World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid, in collaboration with Bertelsmann Stiftung

The 2020 Policy Dialogue ‘Multilateralism that Delivers’ provides a unique, multi-stakeholder platform that brings together a large number of WLA-CdM’s more than 100 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers, from over seventy countries, sitting policymakers, representatives of international organisations, civil society and academia to identify and promote a much-needed renewal of our multilateral system, one that breathes new life into our international order and reflects new realities.  Building on continued work on challenges to multilateralism, specific measures and policies will be shared with the UN75 stock-taking process, as well as with the German EU Presidency and the UN2020 campaign and other major action-oriented discussions currently taking place on this most pressing topic. 

October 27, 2020 
Book Talk: “The Ages of Globalization” with Professor Jeff Sachs
Oxford Martin School

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs interviewed by Professor Ian Goldin – Professor Jeff Sachs’ new book The Ages of Globalization and this talk, explores the interactions of technology, geography, and institutions throughout human history, describing seven ages of globalisation and the nature of societal change from one age to the next.

October 27, 2020 
COVID-Robust EconomiesRegional Impacts of COVID-19, and Options for Recovery
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming economies and societies across the Asia-Pacific and its impacts will be felt for a long period of time. Countries and organisations across the region are developing strategies, actions and new thinking to speed-up the economic recovery process and transition towards the new normal: from macroeconomic policies to regional trade, value chains and production networks, to the regional economic integration across ASEAN and regional dialogue partners.

October 28, 2020 
G20 at the time of Covid-19. What’s at stake in 2021
The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

Multilateral cooperation was being put to the test by growing divisions and confrontation well before the Covid-19 crisis. With the pandemic taking a heavy toll on human life, triggering a deep world recession and accelerating global trends, redoubling multilateral efforts is even more crucial today, in many fields: from global health to climate change, from SDGs to digital transformation. The G20 is the most important multilateral forum and its action needs to be given new life to provide effective responses. In particular, key questions emerge in view of the Italian Presidency of the G20 in 2021: which multilateral responses are needed in a post Covid-19 world? Is the G20 format still fit to provide effective responses? How to further strengthen its action? Which priorities and tools are key to a successful Italian Presidency?

Roundtable discussion with Global Solutions Initiative’s Fellow Colin Bradford

October 28, 2020 
Value Balancing Alliance 2020 Korea

Dial in to the first Value Balancing Alliance event in Korea.

Get to know the efforts of global businesses to standardize the ESG measurement and follow discussions with financial experts on how to integrate financial and ESG performance.


October 28, 2020 
Call for Fellowships: The Foundations of Value and Values – What is a Sustainable Value-System for the 21st Century?
The New Institute

We are excited to announce our first call for fellowships for the programme “The Foundations of Value and Values”. For this call, we identified a set of overarching questions, which offer guidance for any project proposed as part of a fellowship application: What is the source of value creation? How do values and value systems evolve – especially against the backdrop of rapidly changing environments? What is the relationship between universal, moral values and economic value? How can ethics, philosophy, and critical social theory be translated into policies? And how are we to transform a change in value and values into sustainable behavioural change at the individual and societal level, even though it may not be in the self-interest of the individual?

October 29, 2020 
Book presentation with Nobel laureate Robert Shiller
Forum New Economy and ESMT

Whether it is financial bubbles, real estate booms or Bitcoin hype – time and again, major economic trends are shaped by the power of storytelling. However, it is still largely unknown how these narratives arise, how they go viral – and what makes them so dangerous at times. Nobel laureate Robert Shiller is the first to offer a systematic framework for understanding the phenomenon of economic narratives. How do they come about? And what makes a narrative become a mass phenomenon? What can we learn from epidemics? How can we predict when a great narrative will burst? When is the next financial crash likely to come? And what can politicians do to prepare? All of this is part of his new book “Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events”.

October 29, 2020 
Europe-Africa: What Chance for the EU New Strategy?
The Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

The “Comprehensive Strategy with Africa” drafted by the EU aims to renew the Euro-African “political alliance” around five pillars: green transition and energy, digital transformation and employment, peace and security, and migration. This scheme will be discussed with African heads of state at along-awaited European Union-African Union summit in 2021. How does the proposed partnership innovate the current frameworks of relations between the two continents? Is the proposed EU strategy in line with African states’ own priorities? And what could be Africa’s possible responses?

November 6, 2020 
India and Argentina in the New World Order
CIPPEC and the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Follow this interaction between prominent Indian and Argentine Think Tanks, discussing bilateral relations between both countries, the role they play in the post-pandemic world, and debating a topic that is of common interest to both economies: globalization, digitalization and the future of work from the perspective of the Global South.

November 16-20, 2020 
OECD Global Blockchain Policy Forum 2020

The Global Blockchain Policy Forum is the leading international event focused on the policy implications of this technology and its applications, led by the OECD’s Blockchain Policy Centre. Following the second edition of the Forum in 2019, which was attended by more than 1 600 people, the third edition of the Global Blockchain Policy Forum in 2020 will convene government ministers and senior policy makers, industry leaders, academics and other stakeholders.

November 24-26, 2020 
2020 #GGSD Forum. Securing natural capital: Resilience, risk management and COVID-19
OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum

The 2020 OECD Green Growth and Sustainable Forum will address the risks posed by unmitigated biodiversity loss and natural capital depletion for the resilience of our societies, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic is re-shaping the policy debate on these issues.

November 30 – December 1, 2020
Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2020: Demographic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a collaboration among the Department of Demography of the University of Vienna, the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

This conference aims to bring together researchers from around the world working on COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences from a demographic perspective.

Past Activities

October 1, 2020
Can Business Save the World?

The excesses of capitalism left unchecked are catching up with us, in the form of huge inequality, environmental disaster, and institutional collapse. Can business, which has until now been part of the problem, become part of the solution?

October 6-9, 2020
OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment: Financing a Green Recovery, and Maintaining Momentum for Green Finance and Investment
OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment

The OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment is the annual flagship event of the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment. Now in its seventh year, the Forum gathers senior policy makers and key public and private actors for action-oriented discussions on green and sustainable finance issues.

October 8, 2020
Active Democracy in Times of Emergency

How can a more ‘active democracy’ break political deadlock, build civic trust and drive transformative collaboration between government, civil society and communities? One month on from Climate Assembly UK’s reported recommendations and with the US election looming, RSA chief executive Matthew Taylor is joined in conversation with OECD policy analyst Claudia Chwalisz and chief executive of Reboot Panthea Lee to explore practical strategies for long-term change.

October 22, 2020 
How can the EU and Japan boost collaboration and multilateralism around the globe?

The pandemic has reminded us of the great paradox of our time: the necessity for cooperation in tackling collective challenges and yet, the fragility of the global system. The European Union and Japan share a common understanding of this situation and a political willingness to remedy it.
During this online conference speakers from Europe and Japan will share their perspectives on how the two partners can work together, jointly with other like-minded countries, to improve global collaboration and multilateralism in areas such as health, climate, and trade.

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