Closing communiqués of the G20 engagement groups

In view of the G20 summit on October 30 and 31, 2021, the G20 engagement groups are gradually publishing their communiqués with their proposals and recommendations for the G20 member countries these days. We are documenting the final documents of these working groups. Urban 20 Urban 20 is a city diplomacy initiative that brings together … Read more

Strengthen Global Governance & Ease Geopolitical Tensions

There is a lot at stake during this transitional year. The Italian G20 Summit in October and the run-up to it, either raises the intensity and shifts the focus of the public governance discourse, or the world will muddle forward on incrementalist change which is a business-as-usual scenario. None of us involved in this Global … Read more

Keynote: Paolo Gentiloni Panel: Financing the SDGs in the aftermath of the Pandemic

Achieving the SDGs has become even harder amid the pandemic. The Covid-19 shock has eradicated past achievements and made financial resources much scarcer. Covid measures have led to rising debt levels around the world, impeding the fight against poverty, the long-term strengthening of health systems and SDG achievement in general. Refinancing debt on capital markets … Read more

Reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities in a Post-Pandemic World

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on inequalities and vulnerabilities in our societies. Infection rates and risks, deaths, income losses, educational deficits resulting from school closures, and many more – all these consequences from the pandemic were distributed very unequally across societies. It turned out that our societies and economies were not resilient, inclusive … Read more

China-West Relations and Alternative Narratives and Dynamics for the Global Order

The challenge is how to keep the world together in a single international community rather than end up with a bipolar global order, divided by ideological systemic competition, dual digital systems, and conflicting military-security tensions forcing other countries to choose sides. The US and China, so far, are facing off, confronting each other and clarifying … Read more

The Future of Welfare States 

Welfare states can buffer economic hardship – their primary function is to provide a public safety net in times of individual crisis and to enable people to overcome the crisis through activation. Thus, if done right, welfare states support solidarity and empowerment. In normal times, welfare states deal with individual volatility resulting from impacts of … Read more

How to fix our institutions so they can live up to their promise

Election corruption, police brutality, political turmoil, tax breaks for the wealthy, unequal educational access, wage inequality, disinformation perpetrated by the media, and more. Events of the last few years have demonstrated that society’s institutions are in dire shape. Institutional failure is occurring because these institutions, from local to global, were made for a world that … Read more

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