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From growth to wellbeing: Rethinking development for a digital, green, and just transformation
by Markus Engels, Secretary General of the Global Solutions Initiative The following transcript is from a speech written for the GIZ Future Forum 2022, held on September 13-14, 2022.   Today I will talk about 1) how we should re-imagine development to help foster a digital, green, and just transformation in terms of recoupling; and ... Read more
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Enabling Policies for Digitalization in Agriculture | T20 Summit
Digitalization and technology possess the power to increase sustainability and inclusivity in global agriculture. To achieve food security, include smallholder farmers and disadvantaged groups, and make agriculture sustainable and resilient, an enabling global policy framework for the wide-scale application of digital agriculture tools is needed. In collaboration with the T20 Indonesia, the discussion addresses the ... Read more
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Press release: Innovative solutions for sustainable cities and low carbon investments
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Urbanization
#G20 #G7 #Urban7 #Urban7Alliance #G7 Ministers of sustainable urban development summit #Future Forum #COP27 #G7 Germany #G7 Japan Berlin, 12 September 2022 – The latest volume of the INTERSECTING global editorial project by the Global Solutions Initiative Foundation, ‘Bending the Linear Economy. On Urban Metabolism’, explores new solutions for sustainable urbanization and low carbon investments ... Read more
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Press release: Global Solutions Initiative at the T20 Indonesia Summit 2022
The Global Solutions Initiative is pleased to join the T20 Summit, held in Bali, Indonesia, on September 5-6. The Summit gathers world-leading thinkers, policy makers, and experts to discuss the latest research-based policy recommendations and matters of global importance. Over 600 authors contributed to policy briefs around three key issues: global health architecture, digital transformation, ... Read more
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Heike Baumüller
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
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Experts call on the G7 to adopt new conception and measures of prosperity
Call for Action Renowned experts from all G7 countries and around the world launch a Call for Action to the G7 at the Final 2022 G7 Summit in Elmau, Germany today. The Call urges the G7 under the German G7 Presidency to show leadership in rethinking progress and adopting new measures of prosperity that move ... Read more
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Press release: Think7: G7 faces landmark decisions for the well-being of humanity
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Think7
In addition to more ambitious climate protection, the major industrialized countries must do more to combat the global food and debt crisis and make healthcare systems more resilient worldwide. So far, the G7 has failed to protect its citizens from digital corporations and data abuse. Moreover, there is still a lack of common standards to ... Read more
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T20 Task Force 4 Side Event – Agenda
T20 Task Force 4 Side Event Co-organizers: T20 Task Force 4 (Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture) and T20 Task Force 2 (TF2 – Meaningful Digital Connectivity, Cyber Security, Empowerment – tbc) in cooperation with the Global Solutions Initiative   Overview Digitalization in agriculture: a G20 policy framework for an equitable and environmentally sustainable transition To ... Read more
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Dil Rahut
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
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Think7 communiqué handed over to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
A high-level delegation led by Dennis Snower (Global Solutions Initiative, GSI) and Anna-Katharina Hornidge (German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)) handed over the Think7 Communiqé to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as chair of the G7, on 25 May 2022. The communiqué summarizes about 70 papers of the Think7, in which policy recommendations ... Read more
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Education and skills for the great transformation
This session is curated by Miho Taguma, Senior Policy Analyst and Project Manager of OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD. Building a global economy that serves human well-being and respects planetary boundaries, a recoupled economy, requires great transformations in all sectors of the economy. Like ongoing technological change ... Read more
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Informal meeting of the Ministers for Consumer Protection
Dennis Snower had the honor to address the EU Ministers for Consumer Protection at the Informal Meeting of the Ministers for Consumer Protection on December 7, 2020 with a focus on the European Commission’s New Consumer Agenda. The meeting was chaired by Christine Lambrecht, German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection, as part of Germany’s Presidency of the Council ... Read more
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The implication of the war in Ukraine for Global Problem Solving
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CGP Workshops
The workshop was framed in the spirit of Global Solutions: What strategies and outcomes are desireble to create the possible chances of global cooperation on global challenges, such as climate change, with the theme of recoupling in mind? The workshop series was kicked-off with short input statements by Markus Engels (GSI), Andrés Ortega (Elcano), Cayley Clifford (SAIIA), Munir Khasru (IPAG), Colin Bradford (Brookings), Wang Wen (RDCY), Vladimir Safatle (University ... Read more
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Online: Replay the Global Solutions Summit 2022
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Summit 2022
Global Solutions Summit 2022 is now available online. Watch the recordings and dive into working groups discussing policy recommendations for this year’s Indonesian G20 and German G7 presidency. High-ranking representatives of the German G7 and Indonesian G20 presidencies, and from politics, science, business, and civil society, discussed joint approaches to the most important global challenges. ... Read more
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Community session: The transformative power of cities and multilateralism in post-Covid G7/G20
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by Nicolas Buchoud, Fellow, Global Solutions Initiative. Background and context In the turbulences of the past 24 months, a seamless interaction and collaboration of actors at various levels of governance – global, national, regional, and local – was paramount in order to handle the concrete challenges of the pandemic locally, while ... Read more
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Community session: Sustainable infrastructure standards – “building back better together”?
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University and Heinrich-Boell-Foundation. Promoting socially, economically and environmentally sustainable infrastructure is essential for “building back better”; it will be the enabler of a great transformation towards human well-being within planetary boundaries. Returns on investment should not only be assessed financially but should ... Read more
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Community session: Setting the foundations of global social cohesion
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by Gianluca Grimalda, Senior Researcher, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The spread of the COVID19 pandemic has made the existence of safety nets as important as ever. The World Bank estimates that as many as 100 million people have become poor as an effect of the pandemic, reverting a trend ... Read more
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Community session: Addressing the Geopolitics of Global Health Challenges Ahead
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by the World Health Summit. The G7’s engagement with global health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic leads to four lessons about the relationship between global health and geopolitics. They relate to the interface of domestic and foreign policy, the impact of geopolitics on pandemic response, the strategic positioning of health ... Read more
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Community session: Addressing distributional issues of carbon pricing
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by Sonja Peterson, Senior Researcher, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. To reach the temperature targets of the Paris-Agreement and avoid dangerous interference with the climate system (Article 2, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) the global economy needs to quickly decarbonize and there is a large consensus among economics ... Read more
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Community session: China-West dialogues to ease geopolitical tensions amid a new era of war in Europe
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by Colin Bradford, Fellow, Global Solutions Initiative. The confrontational narratives between the United States and China undermine opportunities and imperatives for constructive competition and collaboration.??They threaten to create a world divided into two blocs and to overwhelm global cooperation and multilateralism, at a crucial moment. ??The time has come to create ... Read more
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T20 TF9 Blending public and private funds to close the SDGs financing gap
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 9 Lead Co-Chair Bambang Brodjonegoro, Professor, Universitas Indonesia. As the Covid-19 pandemic has unleashed an unprecedented crisis, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) progress are likely to be slow or even reversed. Massive fiscal stimulus packages, backed by piling up external debt, are introduced worldwide to help save ... Read more
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T20 TF8 Digital transformation in transportation infrastructure development of emerging countries
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 8 Lead Co-Chair Danang Parikesit, Professor, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Rising population versus the challenge of climate change has been our commonplace issue. More population requires more mobility, but it is constrained by the increasing awareness of climate change issues such as carbon emission. Nevertheless, the recent developments ... Read more
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Community session: Integrating quality into economic and firm performance indicators
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by Jörg Rocholl, President, ESMT Berlin. On the macroeconomic level, there have been intense discussions for many years on how the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the key measure for the economic activity of a certain country or region in a given time period can be augmented or even replaced by ... Read more
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T20 TF7 Designing a resilient global financial system
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 7 Co-Chair Akshay Mathur, Director, ORF Mumbai, Head of ORF Geoeconomics. The global financial system has been exposed to several geopolitical and geoeconomic shocks during the last decade. Pandemic, climate change, and military conflicts have prompted policymakers to introduce better risk assessment systems, safety nets and response ... Read more
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Community session: Equity and inclusion for the global recovery
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by Margo Thomas, Fellow, Global Solutions Initiative. The systemic and structural inequities that drive social, health, economic, and environmental disparities, if not addressed will ultimately destroy the viability of every human being irrespective of gender, age, nationality, race and religion. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has sharply exacerbated structural inequities across the ... Read more
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T20 TF6 Cross countries equitable access to innovative medicines
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 6 Lead Co-Chair Hasbullah Thabrany, Professor of Health Policy and Insurance, Universitas Indonesia. The advance of medical and pharmaceutical technologies has delivered many of new innovative medicines that are much safer and more effective. However, as the costs of research and development of new innovative medicines are ... Read more
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Community session: Empowering digital citizens
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated by Paul Twomey, Fellow, Global Solutions Initiative. In the previous session on „Building human-centred and sustainable digital governance,“ a policy framework was presented that allows governments to move forcefully against a misalignment that exists in digital markets, namely between individuals and the other two market participants: digital service providers and the ... Read more
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T20 TF5 Bridging the future of works: Finding common grounds for demographic dividend in developing countries and aging societies in developed countries
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 5 Lead Co-Chair Asep Suryahadi, Senior Research Fellow, SMERU Research Institute. Changes in the global labour market can enhance inequality in the foreseeable future. There is an urgency to address and develop effective policy responses, critical to delivering the best possible solutions for today’s society. The global ... Read more
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Community session: Circular economy and global value chains
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Community sessions
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Summit 2022
This session is curated and supported by Circular Economy Solutions Dialogues (GIZ). In the past two decades of globalization, urbanization and infrastructure development, the development of global value and supply chains (GVCs) has created a fine-meshed net of linear interdependencies spanning across the planet. This has become particularly visible in times of crises. The pandemic ... Read more
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T20 TF4 Tansforming the food systems solutions for sustainable and equitable food security
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 4 Lead Co-Chair Damayanti Buchori, Chair of the Center for Transdisciplinary and Sustainability Sciences (CTSS), IPB University. Global food security has significantly improved in the past decades due to continuous agricultural and industrial innovations and the global food trade. However, the global food system still falls short ... Read more
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T20 TF3 Achieving just energy transition: How can we collaborate?
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 3 Lead Co-Chair Moekti Handajani Soejachmoen, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Indonesia Research Institute for Decarbonization (IRID). The fact that climate change has already happened needs a global effort to address it. Tackling the cause of climate change is imperative. At the same time, many nations around the ... Read more
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T20 TF2 Leveraging digital transformation for stronger and smarter world economy recovery together
This session is curated by T20 Task Force 2 Lead Co-Chair Suhono Harso Supangkat, Head of Smart City & Community Innovation Center, Institut Teknologi Bandung. Digital technology advancements, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic situation, have accelerated growth and development in a variety of sectors, most notably digital transformation. In an era defined by uncertainty, the ... Read more
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T20 TF1 Strengthening multilateral trading system to support economic recovery and post pandemic era
This session is cureated by T20 Task Force 1 Lead Co-Chair Yose Rizal Damuri, Head of Department of Economics, CSIS Indonesia. A well-functioning MTS is an anchor for the global economy and a necessary foundation for a robust recovery to achieve equitable, fair, balanced, and inclusive MTS for all. In addition, there is also a ... Read more
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Djatmiko Bris Witjaksono
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Summit 2022
Ministry of Trade Indonesia
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Think7 Policy recommendations on sustainable economic recovery
The T7 Task Force on Sustainable Economic Recovery will develop research-based policy advise for Germany’s G7 Presidency on formulating national and global policies that will not only enable and sustain rapid economic recoveries, but also help the achievement of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Goals. The Task Force will develop ... Read more
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Think7 Policy recommendations on social cohesion, economic transformation and open societies
The Think7 task force on social cohesion, economic transformation, and open societies will explore themes at the confluence of three pressing topics – the environmental transition, social protection systems, and digital democracy. Strengthening social cohesion will be pivotal for successfully maneuvering through the coming decade: Successful global climate action will require social conditions that promote ... Read more
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From G20 to G19?
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Migration
by Markus Engels, Secretary-General of the Global Solutions Initiative With its exclusion from the UN Human Rights Council by the UN General Assembly, Russia’s diplomatic isolation has reached a temporary climax. Despite the U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s recently announced boycott of G20 meetings attended by representatives of Moscow and the calls of the U.S. ... Read more
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Think7 Policy recommendations on shaping international cooperation for the global common good
The Think7 task force “Shaping international cooperation for the global common good” will go back to the first principles about international cooperation. It will ask questions about the case of and incentives for global cooperation, consider the potential need for sub-national actors and revisit the design of institutions. Drawing from these discussions, the task force ... Read more
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Think7 Policy recommendations on global health
The Think7 task force on global health aims to bring together epidemiological, medical, social science, and policy expertise in order to provide a sound basis for science policy dialogues on the current pandemic, as well as the strengthening of preventative health infrastructures. Particular attention will be paid to globally diverse health challenges and infrastructures across ... Read more
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Think7 Policy recommendations on climate and environment
The Think7 task force on saving the planet: Climate and environment covers a broad range of interlinked subjects, including climate, biodiversity, clean water, air, land and seas, food and agriculture, energy, and infrastructure. With a particular focus on greenhouse gas emissions sinks and sources, jobs-rich just transitions, nature-based solutions and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable ... Read more
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Closing plenary: Strengthening G7/G20 collaboration: Building an ecosystem for the systemic transformation
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Summit 2022
Traditionally G20 and G7 policy making has focused exclusively on the pursuit of economic prosperity, assuming that social prosperity would develop alongside it. The past decades have shown that this is not the case: market economies routinely give rise to environmental degradation and social crises (driven by rising inequalities, falling social solidarity and fear of ... Read more
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Pandemic preparedness and response – recoupling the global health system
This session is curated by Dennis Görlich, Program Director, Global Solutions Initiative, and Program Manager, Socio-Economic Transformation, The New Institute. The COVID-19 pandemic was a major brake for economic and social development. Despite warnings that a pandemic may occur, the international community was largely unprepared when COVID first emerged in late 2019. For example, while ... Read more
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Policy and social prerequisites for effective climate action
This session is curated by Dennis Snower, President, Global Solutions Initiative. The challenge It is abundantly clear that we are not making the progress needed at the pace and scale needed to address climate change. The most recent IPCC report again emphasises the devastating implications already evident as a consequence, with much worse to come ... Read more

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