Global Tables on Sustainable Energy, Water, and Food Systems

At the core of the Digital Global Solutions Summit are Global Tables, each tackling the T20 and G20 agenda as well as generating policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Tables are filled with keynotes, discussions, interviews and impulse statements by high-ranking representatives from research, politics, business and civil society.

The required move from a fossil fuel-based economy to a bioeconomy, characterized by a sustainable use of renewable resources, entails a number of trade-offs that need to be addressed. Policy-makers need to understand the trade-offs in order to make the right decisions. This panel discusses the important trade-off between agricultural production for food and bio fuels, and biodiversity protection. It reflects on the international externalities of national biodiversity strategies and the role of the G20.

Julia Klöckner
German Minister of Food and Agriculture

Alexander Bonde
DBU, Germany


Franziska Schünemann
Kiel Institute for the World Economy


Maximo Torero
Food and Agriculture Organization


Robert Vos
IFPRI, Netherlands

Conny Czymoch


Policy Recommendations, Policy Briefs and Articles

Policy Briefs on Sustainable Energy, Water, and Food Systems​

Policy Briefs contain recommendations and visions and cover policy ares that are of interest to G20 policymakers. The majority of the Policy Briefs has been developed by a corresponding T20 Task Force.

T20 Recommendations Report: Sustainable Energy, Food, and Water Systems

Compiled by Hossa Almutairi (Kapsarc), Majed Alsuwailem (Kapsarc) and Axel Pierru (Kapsarc)

Bioeconomy: A Sustainable Development Strategy

By Hugo Chavarria (IICA), Eduardo Trigo (IICA), Federico Villarreal (IICA), Pablo Elverdin (GPS), Valeria Piñeiro (IFPRI)

True Cost of Food

By David Laborde (IFPRI), Marie Parent (IFPRI), Valeria Piñeiro (IFPRI)

Global food and water security, trade and market stability

By Valeria Piñeiro (IFPRI), Pablo Elverdin (GPS), Martin Piñeiro (CARI),  Estefania Puricelli (FAO),  Marcelo Regúnaga (CARI), Federico Villarreal (IICA)

Energy, Climate and the Covid-19 Shocks: Double or Quits

By Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega (IFRI -Institute Francais des Relations Internationales)

Contributions by the Young Global Changers

Ninety young people from around the world were selected to participate in the Global Solutions Summit as Young Global Changers. These young changemakers from academica, business and civil society will contribute and debate in their various working groups on the Summit topics.

Statement Video on Sustainable Energy, Water, and Food Systems by the 2020 YGCs

Take a look at the video with statements and questions by the YGC Working Group on the Sustainable Energy, Water, and Food Systems!

Turning cactuses and fruit leftovers into bioplastics

Blog Article by Minerva Valier Camacho, YGC 2019

Moving from a linear to a circular economy

Blog Article by Julia Steinhauer, YGC 2019

Related Projects by the 2020 YGCs

The Young Global Changers work on projects and initiatives that are pushing for change.

Explore the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

You can navigate to content related to the Global Solutions Summit here. Discover the T20 agenda, an overview of all Global Tables, meet the speakers and read the latest issue of the Global Solutions Journal. Also navigate to the G20 Insights Platform offers policy proposals to the G20: The Policy Briefs, produced by Task Forces from the Think20 (T20) Group and other sources, are clustered in policy areas and describe either recommendations or visions.


Sessions focus on the G20 and T20 agenda and also address the political response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Underlying all topics is the narrative on Recoupling.

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Global Tables shape the program of this Summit. With a specific focus within a topic area they consist of keynotes and panel discussions, supplemented by vision statements. Participants are invited to contribute to the contents. 

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The Global Solutions Summit is a meeting of global problem solvers, including thought leaders and decision-makers from research, politics, business and civil society.

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The Journal for this Summit provides a bridge between visions, recommend­ations and action. Find articles from academics as well as from implementers.

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Policy Briefs

The G20 Insights Platform offers policy proposals to the G20. It is  an initiative of the T20 Engagement Group. 

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