Summit Opening: Overarching Visions on Recoupling

We live in a world of rising nationalisms and proliferating global problems, ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change. With regard to the global problems, all people are in the same boat: everyone prospers or everyone fails. Nation states rightly have a wide range of responsibilities towards their citizens, but in the presence of global problems such as the current pandemic, they simply cannot be expected to satisfy the needs of their citizens in isolation. To be vanquished anywhere, the pandemic must be vanquished everywhere. Other global challenges, such as overcoming a worldwide depression or preventing another financial crisis, also require harmonious collective action. What is the role of policy making, business and civil society in contributing to a global decision making ecosystem in which local problems are addressed locally, national ones nationally, and global ones globally?

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Opening Address

Dennis Snower, Global Solutions Initiative

Find a full transcript of the Opening Address here.

Opening Keynote

Fahad Alturki, Chair T20 Saudi Arabia

Opening Keynote

Colm Kelly, PwC

Opening Keynote
Gabriela Ramos, G20 Sherpa OECD

Opening Panel

Vision Statement

Citizens, Communities, and Corporations

Vision Statement



Opening Addresses

Fahad Alturki

Chair, T20 Saudi Arabia & Vice President Research, KAPSARC

Colm Kelly

Global Tax & Legal Services Leader and Global Purpose Leader, PwC

Gabriela Ramos

G20 Sherpa OECD

Dennis Snower

Global Solutions Initiative

Opening Panel

Colm Kelly

Global Tax & Legal Services Leader and Global Purpose Leader, PwC

Gabriela Ramos

G20 Sherpa OECD

Dennis Snower

Global Solutions Initiative

Declan Curry


Vision Statement

Arun Maira

HelpAge International and Author, India; Global Solutions Fellow

Thomas Reiter

European Space Agency

Voices of the 2020 Young Global Changers

Ninety young people from around the world were selected to participate in the 2020 Global Solutions Summit as Young Global Changers. These young changemakers from academica, business and civil society contribute and debate in their various working groups on the Summit topics. Watch the video with statements and questions by the YGC Working Group on Recoupling!

The Young Global Changers regularly contribute to the Young Global Changers blog. Browse through the YGC blog and read more articles, written by the Young Global Changers’ community.

Policy Recommendations, Policy Briefs and Articles

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by Dennis Snower (Global Solutions Initiative)

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The socioeconomics of pandemics policy

Recoupling economic and social prosperity – Global Solutions Journal

Five theses against self-indulgence – Global Solutions Journal

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Volodymyr Sidenko Razumkov Centre

Fully supporting the basic idea of enhancing the role of global institutions to tackle common problems of the humanity, I would observe that the proclaimed principles of global cooperation often lack efficient global policies and instruments, which could address very concrete needs emerging in case of emergency. In too many cases, national institutions and policies appear to be more responsive to emergencies, they seem to be closer to reality than abstract global solidarity slogans and can streamline certain bureaucratic procedures inevitable when international institutions are involved. That is why we can witnessed so under-coordinated national actions. If we want to… Read more »

Nino Tabeshadze GIPA

I totally agree with the understanding of problems, especially in cross-border regions. For example, such country as Georgia or other developing countries economy of which was not completely ready for such shock of virus and changed reality. Neither policy of developing countries nor the governments are ready for new reality. What support can the developing countries hope for from big actors or international organizations?

Fang Belthus Yuh Sahara Mart

I wish to express my appreciation for the organizing team of this year’s summit, it has been a really impactful experience to me right from day one with Mr Dennis Snower’s opening speech. I am count myself privileged to be part of this noble organization. Given how much I have learned, I cannot be at peace if I do not take action in making my community better. In Mr Marc Fleurbaey’s brief on Political Innovation for a better Governance, he describes the “capture” phenomenon which beautifully expresses the inner life of Cameroon politics but the recommendations he suggested can only… Read more »


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