Summit Round-Up: Interview with Young Global Changers 2020

The Young Global Changers are the Global Solutions Initiative’s network of future leaders. Inspired, determined and committed, the Young Global Changers work hard to making the world a better place. In this interview for the Global Solutions Summit Round-up 2020, they share their insight and perspective on global challenges.

YGC Statement on AI principles

Under Japan’s presidency, the G20 endorsed Principles for responsible stewardship of Trustworthy AI. Under these principles, it is required that “stakeholders […] proactively engage in responsible stewardship of trustworthy AI in pursuit of beneficial outcomes for people and planet.” The principles are centered on human values, fairness, transparency, explainability, robustness, security, safety and accountability. Being (necessarily) … Read more

YGC Statement on Multilateralism

Over the last 75 years, multilateralism has been a strong driver and pillar of global peace and prosperity. At the same time, and especially more recently, globalization and current forms of global governance have been viewed as infringing on national sovereignty and constraining democratic decision-making. With populism, protectionism and nationalism on the march, a growing … Read more

YGC Statement on Climate Change

If anything, the COVID-19 crisis adds another layer to the complexity and urgency of finding effective solutions in the fight against climate change. Although COP 26 has been postponed to 2021, the challenge for the presidents and heads of states set to meet in Scotland remains: They must agree on sufficiently strong plans to keep … Read more

YGC Statement on Stable Food Systems and Bioeconomy

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 … Read more

YGC Statement on Financial Architecture

The discussion about ending the exceptional monetary and financial measures and policy strategies adopted after the 2008 Financial Crisis to return to a “new normal” in monetary policy, gained momentum in 2019 both among policy makers and in the academic research circles. Leading central banks started strategic reviews that should have reached conclusions before the … Read more

YGC Statement on World Economy and Covid-19

The far-reaching measures enacted by most countries worldwide to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have massive consequences for the economies. The situation affects almost every enterprise, regardless of whether it caters local communities or the global economy. The effects spread across countries as tightly knit global production networks are interrupted. Countries have different capacities to absorb … Read more

YGC Statement 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 … Read more

YGC Statement on Migration

The demographic structure of G20 countries differs significantly: Aging societies, such as Japan or European countries face significant challenges for their welfare states and the effectiveness of macroeconomic policies. Young societies, such as Turkey or Saudi Arabia, face significant challenges with youth unemployment and the school-to-work transition. This statement by the Young Global Changers addresses … Read more

YGC Statement on Social Cohesion

In the context of recent dynamics propelled by globalization and technological developments, the trust in political institutions has diminished in many parts of the world and led to a surge of parties selfportraying as anti-establishment, often promoting nativism and xenophobia. This trend undermines the support for multilateralism and effective global governance and propagates the idea … Read more

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