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

March 3, 2021
The Economics of Biodiversity
Bruegel

The Economics of Biodiversity is a global review that presents a new economic framework that sets out how we should account for nature in economics and decision-making, grounded in a deep understanding of ecosystem processes and how they are affected by economic activity.

Join this conversation as Bruegel’s Guntram Wolff and Maria Demertzis chair a discussion with Sir Partha Dasgupta, author of the report, and Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, responsible for the European Green Deal. They will lay out the central findings of the review and responses to questions from the audience.

December 2-4, 2021
Rome Med 2021 – Mediterranean Dialogues
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

MED – MEDITERRANEAN DIALOGUES is the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies) in Rome with the aim to rethink traditional approaches to the area complementing analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draft a new “positive agenda”, addressing shared challenges at both the regional and the international level.


Past Activities

February 8, 2021
Sensitive intervention points for Net Zero
Oxford Martin School

Achieving net zero emissions involves an economic transformation on a scale comparable to the Victorian era, when the foundations of the infrastructure used in the United Kingdom today were put in place. The scale of the transformation ahead implies that, if successful, our generation will justly be considered the “Victorians of the 21st century”.

In the fourth discussion in the Oxford Net Zero Series, hosted by the Oxford Martin School, Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, considers the economics of the key technologies, which are increasingly positive. The costs of renewables, batteries and electric vehicles continue to fall. Similar trends are emerging in low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia, which can decarbonise major parts of heavy industry, as well as some long-distance transportation. As further deployment and innovations cut costs, it is no longer entirely implausible that net zero emissions could be achieved at net zero cost (even ignoring significant co-benefits and large benefits from avoiding the worst climate impacts).

The talk examines 40 potential sensitive intervention points organised into the nine categories, with a particular focus on technological interventions to accelerate progress to net zero.

February 4, 2021
Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: Greening the EU Trade?
Bruegel

With the European Green deal, the EU has set a target of reducing the bloc’s carbon emissions by 55 per cent by 2030. In the upcoming June, the European Commission will submit a proposal for a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), in order to protect the EU against distortion of competition and against the risk of carbon leakage.

While CBAM aims to support the EU’s green objectives, it raises concerns on international trade, and some argue that this could easily slide into unfair advantage and European protectionism. How can we prevent this from happening? And how will CBAM reshape global trade?

February 3, 2021
The geopolitics of the Green Deal
Bruegel

This event will mark the launch of the eponymous paper co-written by Mark Leonard and Jeremy Shapiro of the European Council on Foreign Relations, as well as Jean Pisani Ferry, Simone Tagliapietra and Guntram Wolff of Bruegel. In the paper the authors map out the geopolitical implications of the European Green Deal and lay out a foreign policy agenda to manage the geopolitical aspects of the European Green Deal and to lead climate change efforts globally.

February 3, 2021
The Macroeconomic Impact of Covid-19 in Africa
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

The measures introduced worldwide to slow down the spread of COVID-19 have a significant socioeconomic impact on all countries. In low- and middle-income countries this impact is compounded by the limited financial, monetary and social instruments and the associated resilience at a state and societal level. Low- and middle-income countries need to engage on 3 central issues: (1) how to improve the efficacy of various fiscal and monetary interventions in a way that reflects their specific developmental context, (2) what viable (as opposed to available) financing options exist, with specific emphasis on vulnerable groups, and (3) how to align the COVID-19 stimulus with broader technological and social system transformation to support more climate-resilient and sustainable economies.

February 1-5, 2021
International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills
OECD

The 2021 OECD International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills (AI-WIPS) brings together technical and policy experts to discuss the fast-evolving changes in AI capabilities and uptake and to assess their implications for labour markets and societies. 

February 1, 2021
Zero carbon energy systems
Oxford Martin School

The combustion of fossil fuels is responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in industrialised countries.

Systemic change in energy systems is therefore a critical component of any net-zero agenda. It is a huge global challenge, but recent developments give cause for optimism that a Green Industrial Revolution is possible. 

Join Professor Nick Eyre, Lead Researcher, Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, where he will discuss with Dr Steve Smith, Project Manager, Greenhouse Gas Removal Hub, how the declining costs of renewable electricity mean they can provide cheap mitigation, as well as enabling major improvements in energy efficiency, so that the total amount of energy that will need to be decarbonised is much lower than often projected.

January 25, 2021
Value and limits of working with nature to address climate change
Oxford Martin School

The failure to stem the tide of biodiversity loss, or to address the deeply related issue of climate change, demands we quickly find more ambitious and more coherent approaches to tackling these challenges.

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are one such family of approaches that has recently gained prominence in international policy and business discourse. Broadly defined as actions that involve working with nature to address societal goals, NbS are being widely hailed as a win-win for addressing biodiversity loss and climate change. However, this win-win scenario is not guaranteed.

Some NbS – particularly those involving planting trees in naturally treeless habitats – can have negative outcomes for climate change mitigation, biodiversity and local peoples’ livelihoods. There are also critical questions around the timeframes over which NbS can help tackle the biodiversity and climate crises given the negative impacts of warming on the health of the biosphere.

In the second discussion in the Oxford Net Zero Series, hosted by the Oxford Martin School, Professor Nathalie Seddon, will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to explore the value and limits of working with nature to address climate change and why NbS must both support biodiversity and be implemented with, by and for people, if they are to provide benefits over the longterm.

January 18, 2021
Net zero – why and how?
Oxford Martin School

The first discussion in the Oxford Net Zero Series, hosted by the Oxford Martin School, hones in on the fundamental motivation of the research programme: ‘Why net zero?’. Join the Oxford Net Zero Initiative’s Research Director, Professor Sam Fankhauser; Director, Professor Myles Allen; Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow, Kaya Axelsson as they discuss with the Chair, Dr Steve Smith, the meaning of the word ‘net’ in net zero, reviewing what is needed to mitigate global warming, as and before we fully phase out activities that generate greenhouse gas emissions. 

The discussion will explore the framing opportunities and challenges that the term ‘net-zero’ offers for science, policy, and advocacy informing effective climate action, as well as the innovation required at scale to achieve the global goal.

December 15, 2020
FGI2020: Globalization at the Crossroads – Risk, Resilience and Recalibration in Global Trade and Value Chains
UNIDO, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG)

The event welcomes a stellar panel who will explore how we can understand value chain risk as a result of external shocks, what options companies have for improving resilience of their global footprint, and what is needed to recalibrate international production and global sourcing. 

Speakers are:
LI Yong (Director General, UNIDO)
Gabriel Felbermayr (President, IfW Kiel)
H.E. Rania Al-Mashat (Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt)
Susan Lund (Partner, McKinsey and Leader, McKinsey Global Institute)
Ricardo Hausmann (Professor, Harvard University)

December 14-16, 2020
OECD Forum 2020: A series of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the OECD

Join the OECD for the start of the celebrations of the OECD’s 60th anniversary on 14 December 2020, alongside leaders and key stakeholders. The event will look back at the OECD’s history, focusing in particular on the transformations of the last decade. This will be a key moment to reflect on current and future global economic, social and environmental challenges, and discuss the role of the OECD and international co-operation.

December 1-3, 2020
2020 Asian Development Bank Institute Annual Conference: The Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Policy Implications
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

The 2020 ADBI Annual Conference will examine the macroeconomic impacts of COVID-19, its effects on MSMEs and households, and the pandemic-driven acceleration of digitalization in Asia and the Pacific. It will explore how these trends will shape macroeconomic policy making and prospects for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region moving forward.

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.

November 25 – December 4, 2020
Rome Med 2020 – Mediterranean Dialogues
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

MED is the annual high-level initiative promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ISPI, the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, with the aim to rethink traditional approaches to the Mediterranean area complementing analyses of current challenges with new ideas and suggestions and to draft a new “positive agenda”, addressing shared challenges at both the regional and the international level.

November 27, 2020 
Cities in the World: A New Perspective on Urbanisation
Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and OECD

Cities are not only home to around half of the global population but also major centers of economic activity and innovation. Yet, substantial differences in the way cities, metropolitan, urban, and rural areas are defined across countries hinder robust international comparisons and an accurate monitoring of SDGs. The recent OECD-European Commission report Cities in the World: A New Perspective on Urbanisation addresses this void and provides new insights on urbanisation by applying two new definitions of human settlements to the entire globe: the Degree of Urbanisation and the Functional Urban Area.

November 25, 2020 
Launch of the OECD Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE)
OECD

Join the virtual high-level roundtable for the launch of the new WISE Centre. The OECD Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General, Ministers and representatives of business and civil society who have all integrated well-being as a central part of their mandate and activities will discuss how to ensure that recovery and reconstruction strategies prioritise people’s well-being and inclusion.

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 24, 2020 
High-Level Panel on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
UNESCO

During this High-Level Panel, you will have a chance to hear leading voices from different disciplines and segments of society, including governments, civil society, academia, private sector, and youth. Speakers from around the world will share their perspectives on the latest developments in AI and their ethical implications, focusing on the ways that a global ethical framework can contribute towards beneficial development and application of AI technologies and successful mitigation of the inherent risks.

November 19, 2020 
KDI Global Forum on Development Cooperation: Innovation for Development
Korea Development Institute (KDI)

The forum aims to foster dialogue among diverse actors to share knowledge and best practices of development cooperation. The forum on “Innovation for Development” will bring together research results and practices addressing innovation for sustainable growth in developing countries.

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

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 17, 2020 
The 3rd East Asia Energy Forum – Role of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)/Carbon Recycling in ASEAN/East Asia
The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Energy Research Institute Network (ERIN)

The forum, which will be held as a virtual conference, will feature keynote speakers from the ministerial level of ASEAN countries and Japan, as well as speakers and panellists from the specialists of ministries, companies, and international organisations from East Asia region. It will be part of the Asia Energy Business Forum (AEBF) 2020.

November 12, 2020 
Reforming the ETS: what to make of revenues?
Bruegel

President von der Leyen has set a new destination for EU climate policy: a 55 per cent emissions reduction by 2030. The EU will now have to unleash a torrent of new climate and energy legislation to align its tools with the new target. The reform of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) will be a key element in the developing EU climate policy architecture. At this event, experts will discuss what this future scheme could look like and how this tool can be repurposed to meet the ambitious climate goals of the European Union.

November 11-13, 2020
Paris Peace Forum

Bouncing back to a better planet

November 9-12, 2020
Finance in Common Summit

Building Resilience for People and Planet

With Tanja Gönner (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)) and Gabriela Ramos (UNESCO).

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.

With Global Solutions Fellow Julia Pomares, Executive Director, CIPPEC

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 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?

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

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.

October 8, 2020
Active Democracy in Times of Emergency
The RSA

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 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 1, 2020
Can Business Save the World?
The RSA

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?

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