Global Solutions Summit 2019

Recoupling Social and Economic Progress - Towards a new International Paradigm

The program brochure including an overview on panels and speakers can be downloaded here


18:00 – Welcome Reception at Berlin City Hall (Rotes Rathaus, Rathausstrasse 15, 10178 Berlin)


8:00 – Doors open at ESMT Berlin (Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin)

8:30 – Welcome

9:20 – Opening Adress: Toward Global Paradigm Change

9:45 – Opening Plenary: Toward Global Paradigm Change

11:00 – Parallel Sessions

  • Saving the WTO (Kiel Institute for the World Economy Panel)
  • Large Current Account Surpluses: Problems and Solutions
  • The Future of Corporation (Paradigm Change Session)
  • Measure What You Treasure: How to Introduce and Align Alternative Measures of Success Beyong GDP and Shareholder Value
  • Governing Migration Within and From Africa: What is Europe’s Role? (MEDAM Panel)
12:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Inequality and Social Cohesion: Measurement and Policy
  • The Affordable Dream – The Transformational Ambition of Universal Health Coverage (World Health Summit Panel)
  • Financing Climate Futures: Rethinking Infrastructure – Investing in Low-Emission, Resilient Development (OECD Panel)
13:00 – Plenary Session
  • Keynote Speech by German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz
14:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Keynote Speech by European Commissioner Frans Timmermans
  • Keynote Speech by Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Strengthened Actions Towards Decarbonized and Climate Resilient Societies (T20 Task Force 3 Panel)
  • Making the Global Financial System Work for All: The Report of the G20 Eminent Persons Group
  • Building Social Cohesion by Fighting Inequality (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Panel)
15:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Keynote Speech by German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hubertus Heil
  • A New Global Division of Labour? Automation and the Future of Global Value Chains (T20 Task Force 7.2 Panel)
  • Global Paradigm Change as Managed Cultural Evolution
  • Regional Contributions in Defence of Multilateralism (Bertelsmann Foundation Panel)
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of External Financial Flows for Meeting 2030 Agenda Goals (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Panel)
  • Side Event: Sustainable Infrastructure – From G20 Global Vision to Local Implementations
16:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Keynote Speech by Katarina Barley, German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection
  • Big Data, Society and a Charter of Fundamental Rights for the Digital Age
  • Achieving Paradigm Change by Blending Eastern and Western Perspectives
  • Solutions for SDG3 – Uniting to Accelerate Progress to Leave no one Behind (World Health Summit Panel)
  • Achieving Universal Health Care: Where G20 Must Act (Task Force 1.4 Panel)
17:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • The Urban Matters (Berlin Senate Panel)
  • Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation (Paradigm Change Session)
  • Establishing More Creative and Innovative Bureaucracies
  • Is Bigger Really Better? Moral Hazard Issues in Expanding Financial Safety Nets (Institute for New Economic Thinking Panel)
18:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Corporate Governance: Enabler for Social Cohesion and Better Global Governance (T20 Task Force 6.1. Panel)
  • Education as Enabler for Sustainable Development (T20 Task Force 1.1 Panel)
  • Renewable Energy Sources in Emerging Countries – Obstacles and Solutions (DBU Panel)
19:00 – Foreign Office Reception (Federal Foreign Office, Unterwasserstrasse 10, 10117 Berlin; 5 Minutes Walking Distance from ESMT Berlin)


8:00 – Doors open at ESMT Berlin (Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin)
8:30 – Opening Session
  • The Future of European Economic Prosperity: The Future of European Economic Prosperity
9:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Aging Population: Its Impact and Challenges (T20 Task Force 10 Panel)
  • Implementers Forum – How to Make Implementation Work
  • Towards New Economic and Moral Foundations for Capitalism (Paradigm Change Session)
9:40 – Parallel Session
  • The Future of Politics and Global Governance (T20 Task Force 6.3 Panel)
10:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Economic Effects of Infrastructure Investment and its Financing (T20 Task Force 4 Panel)
  • Globalization and Vulnerability (Paradigm Change Session)
  • Fostering Prosperity – FDIs and Demographic Transition (Bertelsmann Foundation Session)
11:00 – Plenary Session
  • Keynote Speech by German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
12:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment: Strengthening Measurement to Deepen Impact (T20 Task Force 1.2 Panel)
  • Improving Financial Access for SMEs (T20 Task Force 9 Panel)
  • Can Media Save the Multilateral World Order?
  • Research Seminar – Re-Configuring Informality in the Platform Economy: Country Cases and Findings From India, South Africa and Argentina? 
 13:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Implementing Sustainable Finance (T20 Task Force 2.1 Panel)
  • Reforming Global Economic Governance: The Role of Emerging Economies (T20 Task Force 6.2 Panel)
  • Integrating Southeast Asian SMEs in Global Chains
  • Radical Uncertainty (Paradigm Change Session)
14:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • Platforms, Gigs and Decent Work: Policies to Promote Human Capital Investment in the Digital Age (T20 Task Force 7.1 Panel)
  • Leveraging the Private Sector for Achieving Sustainable Development (T20 Task Force 1 Panel)
  • Overcoming Population Ageing Challenges with Digital Technologies (CIER Panel)
  • Digital Trade as a Driver for Societal Progress (T20 Task Force 8 Panel)
  • MEDAM Research Seminar 
15:00 – Parallel Sessions
  • The Future of Multilateralism
  • Chinas Role in Africa and Its Implications for Africa and the Other G20 Countries
  • Rethinking Society for the 21st Century (Paradigm Change Session)
16:00 – Plenary Session
  • Keynote Speech by Japanese Ambassador Takeshi Yagi 
16:15 – Closing Plenary 
  • Future Challenges for the G20
17:00 – Closing Remarks

Global Solutions Summit 2019: Venue

The conference was held at ESMT Berlin, directly in the heart of the city at Schlossplatz 1. 

The historical campus of ESMT Berlin is a noteworthy example of Germany’s modern architectural heritage. Until 1989 the building housed the headquarters of the East German government. After reunification, it was used in varying functions and was the temporary office of the German chancellor from 1999 to 2001. It has since been renovated and transformed into one of Germany’s most modern educational centers.

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