Global Solutions Summit

Update 03-11-2020

On account of the Coronavirus epidemic and the international reactions to it, the Global Solutions Summit 2020 needs to be reconceived. It cannot take place in its current format, scope and international on-site presence in Berlin on April 20-21.

The epidemic presents the Global Solutions Initiative not only with the challenge of providing a stepping stone to the T20 and G20 Summits 2020 under difficult circumstances, but also an opportunity. The opportunity is to reimagine the future of our G20 support in terms of a combination of digital and physical interactions, enabling a closer dialogue across the research, policy making, civil and business communities around the world.

For the present, the Global Solutions Summit will need to be primarily digital and interactive, crossing global boundaries virtually, possibly with the support of local gatherings in specified locations. In the future, the digital interactions should remain part of our global problem-solving process around our usual large-scale gathering in Berlin. In both present and future, we aim to cover the broad range of priorities defined by the T20 and G20, driven by a common sense of purpose, addressing well-defined sets of problems from a variety of perspectives. 

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the GSI team has been working with great inspiration and energy to plan a new format for the coming Summit. We have been grateful to receive the advice from many in our Global Solutions community as well as official channels and now have a much clearer idea of the available options.

For the moment, we ask all participants to save the date of the Summit (April 20-21, 2020) for participation in virtual sessions. You will of course receive more information on format and timing from us in due course.

Review Global Solutions Summit 2019

In 2019, 1,600 participants from various sectors and 120 countries have registered for the summit, met with 221 speakers and participated in over 60 sessions. The summit aimed to provide policy recommendations on major Group of Twenty (G20) issues and thereby served as a stepping stone to the Japanese Think20 (T20) Summit in May 2019 and the Japanese G20 Summit in June 2019. The Global Solutions Summit 2019 was a Think20 Japan associated event.

The Global Solutions Summit 2019 focused on the priorities of the Japanese G20 Presidency, including policy recommendations on sustainable development, infrastructure finance, financial architecture, trade and investment, climate change, future of work and education, social cohesion and the future of politics, SME policy, policies for aging populations, and more.


All discussions linked to the overarching narrative of recoupling economic, environmental and social progress. We furthermore highlighted all relevant issues for the future of multilateralism and strengthened the implementation site in our discussions.

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