Conferences & Workshops

The Global Solutions Initiative provides recommendations and visions for the Group of Twenty (G20) on major, global challenges. The visions rest on recoupling economic prosperity with social prosperity. To generate policy proposals, the Global Solutions Initiative brings major think tanks and research organizations together in its Council for Global Problem-Solving.

To stimulate underlying research and connect researchers to relevant policymakers, the Global Solutions Initiative is associated with various workshops, conferences and research networks that share the recoupling vision, such as the Social Macroeconomics Network of the ESRC Initiative on Rebuilding Macroeconomics, the OECD Initiative on New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC), and ERINN (Economic Research on Identities, Norms and Narratives).

Upcoming Activities

September 22-24, 2021 | Rome, Italy
Science 20 (S20) Italy Summit 

The Science 20 (S20) brings together the Academies of Science of the G20. The Social Science and Humanities 20 (SSH20) does the same for the G20 Academies of Social Sciences and Humanities.

This year’s theme for the S20 is “Preparing for pandemics”, and will address the preparedness of the scientific community, the identification of the most promising research programs and possible policy options Governments could adopt to support them. The SSH20 will turn its attention to the concept of Crises, and their wide-ranging impacts on our societies, from economic, societal, legal, cultural perspectives and beyond. Their recommendations will be submitted to the G20 Leaders.

September 23, 2021
CASS Forum 2021 – Global Governance in a Globalized World
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of China’s Legitimate Restoration to the UN.

With Dennis Snower, President of the Global Solutions Initiative.

October 4-6, 2021 | Milano, Italy
Think 20 (T20) Italy Summit 

This 3-day hybrid event is co-hosted by ISPI as the T20 National Coordinator and Chair and by Bocconi University as the T20 Summit Co-Chair. Over the years, the Summit has grown as a leading worldwide event where high-level personalities and experts discuss multilateral challenges for the G20 and other multilateral fora: international finance, climate and growth, trade and investments, vaccines and health, digitalization, poverty and inequalities.

Confirmed speakers include Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, UN; Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO; Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC; Vint Cerf, Father of the Internet; Luigi Di Maio, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Esther Duflo, 2019 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences; Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Vittorio Colao, Italian Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition; Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute; Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University; Roberto Cingolani, Italian Minister for Ecological Transition; António Vitorino, Director General, IOM; Daniele Franco, Italian Minister of Economy and Finance; Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, ITU.

October 5-6, 2021 | Rome, Italy
Civil 20 (C20) Italy Summit 

The “Civil Society 20” Engagement Group (C20) is an open community, channeling the voice of civil society around the world into the G20 process since 2013. It provides a platform to bring forth proposals and demands stemming from civil society, with particular emphasis on the environment, sustainable development, gender equality, human rights and social, economic and climate justice.

October 7-8, 2021 | Rome, Italy
Business 20 (B20) Italy Summit 

The B20 is the official G20 dialogue forum with the business community. It numbers on average 1.000 delegates from the G20 countries, including top executives from the major multinational corporations, collectively representing over 6.5 million businesses.

October 12, 2021
CGP Workshop on International Financial Architechture

In this one hour workshop of the Council for Global Problem-Solving (CGP) Jose Siaba Serrate (CARI), Franco Bruni (ISPI) and Akshay Mathur (ORF) will present their respective current research and policy activities. The CGP workshop series is meant to give CGP members the opportunity to present and inform other members about their current G20 related activities and discuss about current research initiatives. Please contact us if you would like to receive further information.

October 24-26, 2021
World Health Summit

October 27-28, 2021 | Rome, Italy
Labour 20 (L20) Italy Summit 

The L20 convenes trade union leaders from the G20 countries, in representation of millions of workers worldwide. It contributes to the work of the G20 with analyses and policy recommendations aimed at improving labour-related issues.

October 30-31, 2021 | Rome, Italy
G20 Leaders’ Summit 2021 Italy

The G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will be held in Rome on October 30th and 31st 2021 , with the participation of the G20 Heads of State and Government, of their counterparts from invited countries, and of the representatives of some of the main international and regional organizations.

The Ministers of Economics and Finance traditionally also take part in the event. The Summit is the climax of the G20 process and the final stage, at Leaders’ level, of the intense work carried out within ministerial meetings, working groups and Engagement Groups throughout the year.

Past Activities

September 14, 2021
Meeting of the GSI Working Group on measuring economic (beyond GDP) and business performance (beyond shareholder value)

This working group will seek to develop simple dashboards of national performance and business performance that are consonant with one another and can be assessed annually for many countries and companies. Please contact us if you would like to receive further information.

September 5-6, 2021 | Rome, Italy
G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting 2021

Health is one of the central topics of the Italian G20 Presidency and has rightfully entered all high-level meetings and dialogue with the membership and engagement groups, starting from the Global Health Summit held in Rome. It is also deeply linked to the three priorities of the Italian Presidency – People, Planet, Prosperity – which indicate how our wellbeing cannot overlook the environment we live in.

September 3, 2021 | Rome, Italy
Urban 20 (U20) Italy Summit 

The Urban 20 (U20) Mayors Summit 2021 is taking place on 3 September in a hybrid format. U20 Partners are invited to attend virtually. The summit will have two moments: the first segment will be open to the public and will focus on the content of the communiqué and achieving a green, just and local recovery. Mayors, partners and representatives of the different G20 tracks (Culture, Development and Energy) are expected to attend. The second segment will be a closed meeting with the presence of the G20 Presidency that will conclude with the annual handover of the communiqué.

August 30, 2021
CGP Workshop on Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change for the G20 

In this one hour workshop of the Council for Global Problem-Solving (CGP) John Kirton (G20 Research Group), Marina Larionova (RANEPA) and James Hospedales (EarthMedic) will talk about their work on Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change for the G20 based on their T20 policy brief. The CGP workshop series is meant to give CGP members the opportunity to present and inform other members about their current G20 related activities and discuss current research initiatives. Please contact us if you would like to receive further information.

July 28-29, 2021 | online
Paradigmatic Shift from “Extracting” to “Intersecting”: 2030 Agenda through the Lens of Covid-19 Pandemic

It is imperative that for its sustenance and that of Mother Earth, Homo sapiens will have to move away from the dominance of the extant spirit of “extracting” to one of “intersecting”. Keeping in mind the apparently daunting task of initiating this shift, a two-day virtual dialogue will be organised by the Centre for Sustainability, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India and Global Solutions Initiative Foundation, Berlin, Germany. The dialogue will consider the challenges to operationalise the idea of “intersecting” in achieving sustainability and overcoming challenges through strategic policy changes across scales.

July 19-23, 2021 | Milan/Bergamo, Italy
Youth 20 (Y20) Italy Summit 

The Youth 20 (Y20) is the official youth engagement group of the G20 and it is the platform that allows young people to express their visions and ideas to the Heads of State and Government of the G20.

July 13-15, 2021 | Rome, Italy
Women 20 (W20) Italy Summit 

Established in 2015, the Women 20 aims to ensure due consideration to gender issues within the G20 discussions, foster gender equality and promote women’s empowerment.

June 22-23, 2021
People, Planet & Prosperity Global Policy Forum
ISPI – National Coordinator and Chair of the Think20 (T20) and TTCSP

During this virtual event the T20 community will discuss the preliminary results of the different Task Forces, in the continued effort to mobilize the global think tank community with a set of evidence-based policy recommendations that aim to help countries respond to both short-term and long-term impacts of the pandemic while building a more inclusive and sustainable future.

June 10-11, 2021 | Berlin, Germany
Global Solutions Initiative, GIZ, BMU

Expert forum organized by the Global Solutions Initiative, at the digital Week of the Environment 2021 on 10-11 June, hosted by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU).

The virtual moderated panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Dennis Görlich, Senior Researcher, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. We have invited speakers from policymaking, business and development cooperation to bring together different perspectives on the circular economy.

May 27-28, 2021 | Berlin, Germany
Global Solutions Summit 2021

April 15-16, 2021 | Digital
ERINN Annual Conference 2020/2021 
London School of Economics

March 22, 2021
Revisiting Digital Governance – Third Solution Session

With the proposal “Revisiting Digital Governance”, the Global Solutions Initiative has proposed a forward-looking and consumer-oriented concept for the digital age, set out to achieve a strengthening of user and consumer rights as well as a strengthening of market regulation in the digital sphere, further aligning these with their offline equivalents. 

In cooperation with theGermanFederal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, a comprehensive discussion has been initiated to advance the debate on digital governance, accompanying the German EU Council Presidency in 2020. 

This panel is the third in a series of sessions discussing the challenges of current data ownership regulation and possible solutions to these challenges. This session will explore the road from theory to practice. Having outlined the proposal for strengthening data ownership, we will discuss implications for business in terms of positive effects for innovation and fair competition, as well as possible challenges created by the proposed regulation of data ownership. 

With Dennis Snower, President of the Global Solutions Initiative

March 11, 2021
Evening Talk VI – Sustainably out of the crisis? (in German)
Tagesspiegel

With the 2030 Agenda, the global community has set 17 global goals for sustainability. In addition to ecological and economic sustainability for a forward-looking society, the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations also firmly anchor the goals of social sustainability. But what is the real state of cohesion in crisis-ridden times like these? It is already becoming clear that the economic recession caused by the Corona pandemic and the coming massive sovereign debt crisis will provoke conflicts over prosperity and that social fault lines in society will become even more apparent. This poses major challenges for the government as well as for companies and society.

With Markus Engels, Secretary General of the Global Solutions Initiative

February 8-9, 2021
T20 Italy Inception Conference: Rekindling Multilateralism in a post-Covid World.
THE G20 FOR PEOPLE, PLANET AND PROSPERITY

December 15, 2020
Can the G20 deliver? Priorities for a Post-Pandemic World
Observer Research Foundation (ORF)

Panel Discussion “Reflections: Lessons from G20 Presidencies” with Dennis J. Snower. The panel will address the following questions: How have the priorities of the presidencies evolved over the years? On which initiatives, agreements or ideas has the G20 has achieved success? What is the unfinished agenda? What are the institutional, administrative, and intellectual parameters to consider for developing an effective roadmap for chairing the G20?

December 15, 2020 
Revisiting Digital Governance – Second Solution Session

The Global Solutions Initiative together with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has initiated the Solution Sessions on Revisiting Digital Governance. In this online event series, decision-makers from politics, business, research and civil society discuss innovative concepts for pressing issues in the field of digital consumer protection, necessary consumer policies, new legal regulations and education initiatives to strengthen the protection of personal data. 

The Second Solution Session will continue the debate that was initiated through the first session, incorporating the valuable input received through the Online Exchange.

With Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection Christine Lambrecht, State Secretary Christian Kastrop, Global Solutions President Dennis J. Snower, Anna Byhovskaya, Senior Policy Adviser to the Trade Union Advisory Committee at the OECD (TUAC) and Brigitte Acoca, Head of the Consumer Policy Unit at the OECD

December 9, 2020
Co-Creating Impact Summit
Novartis

With the rapidly changing ESG landscape, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot to discuss around what roles corporations should play in the society and how to measure their impact. The upcoming Co-Creating Impact Summit combines external perspectives with thought leading practitioners and Novartis’ own impact valuation and materiality experiences.

Panel Discussion “Managing Impact Strategies” with Dennis J. Snower.

December 7, 2020
Informal Meeting of the Ministers for Consumer Protection

Dennis Snower had the honor to address the EU Ministers for Consumer Protection at the Informal Meeting of the Ministers for Consumer Protection on December 7, 2020 with a focus on the European Commission’s New Consumer Agenda. The meeting was chaired by Christine Lambrecht, German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, as part of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2020. 

Keynote with Dennis J. Snower.

December 3, 2020
INET Researcher Seminar: Recoupling Economic and Social Prosperity
Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Join this seminar with Dennis J. Snower and Katharina Lima de Miranda (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). The paper presented explores a new theoretical and empirical approach to the assessment of human well-being, relevant to current challenges of social fragmentation in the presence of globalization and technological advance.

November 30, 2020
T20 Handover Event – From Saudi Arabia to Italy. G20 and T20 priorities for (another) crucial year.

The Covid-19 emergency has compounded longstanding global challenges for the multilateral system. From climate change to digital transformation, from international trade to growth and social cohesion, these are testing times for multilateralism. As the Saudi G20 presidency passes the torch to the Italian presidency, the leading think tanks worldwide will come together once more under the Think20 (T20), the official G20 engagement group which provides policy recommendations to the G20 political leaders.

On the occasion of the handover from the Chair of T20 Saudi Arabia to the Chair of T20 Italy, some key questions will drive the debate: what are the lessons learned from past presidencies? What are the challenges and priorities of the G20/T20 Italy? And what to expect in (another) crucial year for multilateralism?

November 26, 2020
Sustainability Talks
Value Balancing Alliance

Join the discussion with Professor Dennis J. Snower and Christian Heller (CEO of the Value Balancing Alliance) on how companies become sustainable. The event will be held in German.

November 21-22, 2020 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
G20 Riyadh Summit 
More information available soon

November 20, 2020
What to Expect from G20 Riyadh Summit
The Foreign Correspondents‘ Club of South Asia

Three global experts discuss the two-day summit that begins on November 21. Webinar with Dennis J. Snower, Mafalda Duarte and Roland Schatz.

November 10, 2020 
Revisiting Digital Governance – First Solution Session

The Global Solutions Initiative together with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has initiated the Solution Sessions on Revisiting Digital Governance. In this online event series, decision-makers from politics, business, research and civil society discuss innovative concepts for pressing issues in the field of digital consumer protection, necessary consumer policies, new legal regulations and education initiatives to strengthen the protection of personal data. 

With Dennis J. Snower and Global Solutions Fellow Paul Twomey.

November 10, 2020 
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 4
Actions, partnerships and policy solutions, an urban pathway towards the G20 2021, Part 2

October 31 – November 1, 2020
Think20 Summit Season Virtual Conference
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 27, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 11: (COVID-19) Multidisciplinary Approaches to Complex Problems
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 25-27, 2020
World Health Summit

Panel Discussion “Recoupling Societal Wealth and Individual Health: From efficiency to resilience” chaired by Dennis J. Snower

October 23, 2020
Young Voices on the Future of Multilateralism
Joint project by Young Global Changers and 1014, contributing to the UN75 Global Dialogue Series of the United Nations and partnering with the German Foreign Office

October 22, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 10: Sustainable Energy, Water, and Food Systems
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 21-23, 2020
Third Annual Conference: Understanding Social Macroeconomics
Rebuilding Macroeconomics

Session 1 “Levels of Analysis. Social interactions are structurally organized, suggesting that the meso-level and place might be a more appropriate level of analysis for macroeconomics” with Dennis J. Snower

October 20, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 9: Migration and Young Societies
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 15, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 8: International Financial Architecture
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 13, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 7: G20 Support for SDGs and Development Cooperation
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 8, 2020 
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 3
Actions, partnerships and policy solutions: an urban pathway towards the G20 2021, Part 1

October 8, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 5: The Future of Multilateralism and Global Governance
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

with Global Solutions Fellow Julia Pomares, Executive Director, CIPPEC

October 6-10, 2020
C20 Summit Saudi Arabia

Panel “Evidence vs. Politics: Which is Leading the G20 Process?”, moderated by Markus Engels, Secretary General, Global Solutions Initiative

October 5-8, 2020
Protecting Human Lives and Restoring Economic Stability: Views from the G20 Members

ICRIER’s 12th Annual International G20 Conference

with Dennis Görlich, Research Coordinator, Global Solutions Initiative

October 6, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 6: Economy, Employment and Education in the Digital Age
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 1, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 4: Social Cohesion and the State
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

September 29, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 3: Infrastructure Investment and Financing
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

September 22, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 2: Climate Change and Environment
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season – co-hosted by The Institute of Energy Economics

September 18, 2020
2020 Virtual Latin America Think Tank Summit
By the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and co-hosted by CIPPEC

with Global Solutions Fellow and CIPPEC Executive Director Julia Pomares

September 17, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 1: Trade, Investment and Growth
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

September 3, 2020
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 2
Operationalizing COVID19 responses with cities in the long run

July 16, 2020 
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 1 
Dialogue kick-off: how can cities mitigate the COVID19? 

June/July, 2020 | Virtual
The Solutions Labs – Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure

 

June 18, 2020 | Virtual
Digital Global Solutions Summit Post-Summit Exchange
Hosted by the Global Solutions Initiative

June 17, 2020 | Virtual
Digital Global Solutions Summit Round-Up
Hosted by the Global Solutions Initiative

June 15-17, 2020 | Think20 Web Conference
T20 Conference: Policy Recommendations for a Post-COVID-19 World 
Hosted by the T20 Saudi Secretariat

June 16, 2020 | Webinar
COVID-19 Exit Strategy Policy Workshops
Hosted by the Research Hub of Rebuilding Macroeconomics

June 10, 2020 | Video Conference
Global Think Tanks Online Forum on International Cooperation to Combat COVID-19
Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

June 8, 2020 | Virtual
G7 USA Agenda meeting
Hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

June 1, 2020 | Virtual
G20 Dialogue on AI 
Presentation “Trustworthy AI Information Provision During the Pandemic” given by Global Solutions President Dennis J. Snower

Hosted by G20 Saudi Arabia

April to June, 2020 | Virtual
Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020
The World Policy Forum

May 14-15, 2020 | Virtual
Think7 USA Summit 

May 11-12, 2020 | Princeton, New Jersey
Social Externalities: A Virtual Workshop on Concepts and Applications
Princeton University

May 5, 2020 | Online
T20 Saudi Arabia Webinar
Thought Leadership in Turbulent Times

March 9, 2020 | Paris, France
How’s Life? Measuring Well-being 2020
OECD

February 18-21, 2020 | Mexico City, Mexico
The Solutions Labs – Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure

January 19-20, 2020 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Think20 Saudi Arabia Inception Conference

December 1, 2019 
Saudi Arabia G20 Presidency begins

November 26, 2019
The Gender of Work – International Conference
Hosted by CIPPEC, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)

November 19-21, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
The Solutions Labs – Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure

November 11-13, 2019 | Paris, France
Paris Peace Forum

October 1, 2019 | Washington, DC
Recent trends in democracy and development in the emerging world

October 27-29, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
The World Health Summit 

October 3-4, 2019 | Milan, Italy
ISPI Forum – The Future of Multilateralism

September 19-20, 2019 | Edinburgh, Scotland
Rebuilding Macroeconomics

June 28-29, 2019 | Osaka, Japan
G20 Osaka Summit

June 26, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Berliner Forum Politik-Wirtschaft 2019

June 14-15, 2019 | London, UK
ERINN Annual Conference 2019
London School of Economics

June 6-7, 2019 | Oxford, UK
Social Norms: Theory and Applications 
Nuffield College Oxford

May 26-27, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan
T20 Summit 

May 20-21, 2019 | Paris, France
OECD Forum 2019: World in Emotion

April 16, 2019 | Kiel, Germany
CASS-IfW – Global Solutions Workshop 
“Global Challenges and Global Solutions”

April 10, 2019 | Washington DC, US
Brookings-VISION20 (V20) Workshop 
“Beyond Neoliberalism in Emerging Markets”

March 18-19, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Global Solutions Summit 2019
The World Policy Forum 

February 19, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Digitising Europe Summit
“The Future of Made in Europe – Advancing Europe’s vision of a social market economy for a digital age”

January 30, 2019 | Taipei, Taiwan 
Global Solutions Taipei Workshop
“Promoting Human-centred Development in the Digital Age”

January 28, 2019 | Mumbai, India
Think20

January 17, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Leibniz-Wirtschaftsgipfel

January 16, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Commemoration: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the face of Climate Change and Migration
With a speech given by Julian Bents, a Young Global Changer of the Global Solutions Initiative

December 4-5, 2018 | Tokyo, Japan
T20 Inception Conference

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