Global Solutions Summit May 27-28, 2021

The Global Solutions Summit 2021 supports the T20 and G20 under the Italian G20 Presidency. It brings together top researchers, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives in a renowned global problem-solving process.

The Summit builds bridges between past G20 Presidencies and Indonesia and India in the coming two years. It will focus heavily on a Great Realignment in the post-COVID world, in the spirit of recoupling economic progress with social progress.

The Global Solutions Summit will take place on May 27 and 28, 2021. Regardless of whether the gathering will be virtual or on location in Berlin: You will want to be there! So save the date.

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"The Global Solutions Summit is a real enrichment in the process of finding solutions."

– Angela Merkel, German Chancellor

Selected Confirmed Speakers

Jens Spahn

Federal Minister of Health, Germany

Irene Natividad

President, GlobeWomen Research & Education Institute

Frans Timmermans

Executive VP for the European Green Deal, European Commission

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

Muriel Pénicaud

Permanent Representative of France to the OECD

Lars-Hendrick Röller

Chief Economic Advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, G7/G20 Sherpa

Nicolas Pinaud

G7/G20 Sherpa, OECD

Angel Gurría

Secretary-General, OECD

What happens next?

Registration for the next Global Solutions Summit will open in March, which you’ll be notified about via e-mail. While we continue our work on programme and infrastructure, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas, concerns or questions at

Whatever restrictions and safety measures might apply to your home in spring: We will make sure to hear your voice and include your expertise, perspective and opinion in this important steppingstone for the G20 and T20 agenda!

During the upcoming weeks, we very much hope to see ways opening up to also bring small groups together in Berlin physically and – most important – safely. If so, the summit will combine our best physical and digital formats. Find regular updates, first speakers and subjects of the next Global Solutions Summit on the following pages.

"I urge the Global Solutions Initiative to focus its efforts on building equal, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies."

– António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

Central Concept in 2021: The Great Realignment

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on how interdependent the world has become and shown how fragile many achievements are: inequalities resurfaced boldly, trust in government eroded as individual freedom was constrained, criticism of international cooperation was further fanned. And existing global challenges – climate change, biodiversity loss, migration pressure – remain. The world has reacted with old habits: major fiscal spending packages that preserve current jobs but not necessarily future jobs or the environment, a retreat to the home with women taking on most of the chores, demands that self-sustained production is better than international trade. We would do better by fostering what we call The Great Realignment, to be tackled in (at least) five areas. Social realignment requires a focus on social prosperity. Economic realignment demands that the focus is broadened beyond economic prosperity and incorporates other aspects of human well-being. Ecological realignment demands that we offer the next generation a world at least as good as the current one. Governance realignment requires the mindset of polycentric governance in which multiple actors cooperate across levels to spark collective action. Technological realignment demands mechanisms, regulation and principles to ensure that technological innovations are a benefit to all.  We can now create a momentum and take on the great realignment. The G20 is uniquely placed to initiate and steer this transformation.

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