Global Solutions Summit

The Global Solutions Summit – the World Policy Forum – is an international conference aimed at addressing key policy challenges facing the G20 and G7 and other global governance fora.

Distinguished experts from think tanks, research organizations, governance, business, and civil society come together each year in the middle of every G20 Presidency to work on concrete policy solutions.

The next Global Solutions Summit will take place on May 6-7, 2024, in Berlin, Germany. Learn about the 2024 summit here. Stay up to date on social media and in our newsletter




For its 8th edition, the Global Solutions Summit brought together an enthusiastic and diverse group of over 1,000 policy experts, researchers, and practitioners from more than 120 countries for two days of impactful dialogue and knowledge exchange. Under the theme “Moving Beyond the Crisis: Mobilizing Change for Global Prosperity,” discussions focused on identifying key barriers to progress, conditions for effective change, and necessary steps for systemic transformation. Amid a world of unfolding “polycrises,” the Summit reenergized efforts to find solutions and spotlight initiatives that offer a way forward.

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Over 100 speakers and 1,000 on-site guests from around the world gathered for the 7th Global Solutions Summit. The Summit takes place in a world of multiple global crises, including climate, health, energy, poverty, political instability, and war. The all-encompassing nature of these crises inspired the 2023 theme, “Realigning Societies: Towards a sustainable, inclusive, and common future.” Premised on the need for a collective, coordinated response worldwide, the Summit brings together stakeholders across sectors, generations, and continents to advance the re-coupling of social, environmental, and economic prosperity for a sustainable future.

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Global Solutions Summit Berlin 2022 ESMT Berlin. Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz.


The theme of the Global Solutions Summit 2022 was “Listen to the world: Promoting social well-being within planetary boundaries”.  It covered the priorities of the G20 and G7 and aimed to be a steppingstone to the G/T20 and G/T7 Summits – a place where T20 and Think7 Task Forces discuss their work with regard to their policy briefs and where multistakeholder decision-makers discuss collective approaches to G20 and G7 problems. 

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Dennis J. Snower, Angela Merkel and Mario Draghi (Credits: Rolf Schulten)


The Global Solutions Summit 2021, tapped into the ideas of our global community. It focused heavily on a Great Realignment in the post-COVID world, in the spirit of recoupling economic progress with social prosperity and environmental sustainability. 

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Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the 4th Global Solutions Summit was held online. 36 Global Tables, with keynotes, panel discussions and vision statements, tackled the T20 and G20 agenda under the Saudi Arabian Presidency as well as generated policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Summit 2019


Under the Japanese G20 Presidency, some 1,600 participants from various industries and 120 countries registered for the Global Solutions Summit 2019, where they met with our 221 speakers and participated in over 60 sessions.

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Under the Argentine G20 Presidency, over 1,100 participants, official T20 Argentina 2018 and T20 Japan 2019 delegates, Nobel Laureates and German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined at the Global Solutions Summit from May 28-29, 2018.

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The Think20 Summit Global Solutions, mandated by the German G20 Presidency in 2017, contributed 20 new Solutions Proposals to the G20. The event took place May 29-30, 2017 in Berlin.

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