Summit Round-Up: Interview with Peter Bakker and Robert E. Moritz

Closing Panel of the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

Summit Round-Up: Closing Speech by Dennis Snower

The Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

On account of the Coronavirus pandemic and the international reactions to it, the Global Solutions Summit 2020 needed to be reconceived.

With the Digital Summit Platform the Global Solutions Initiative not only provided a stepping stone to the T20 and G20 Summits 2020 under difficult circumstances, but also an opportunity: The opportunity was to reimagine the future of the 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.

With some 209 speakers, over 800 contributions including keynotes, panel discussions, dozens of vision statements and policy briefs, the purpose of the Global Solutions Initiative’s work, to support multilateralism and the G20 from a civil society and research-based perspective was realized. We thank our over 5,000 digital participants for taking part.

Here you will find a detailed overview of the main topics that were set this year – always with a reference to the Global Solutions’s narrative of Recoupling. The program overview with all Global Tables can be found here.

Themes of the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

The Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020 centered around core sessions that contribute to the agenda of the G20 and T20 by addressing the Task Force areas plus an additional area dealing with policy in response to the COVID-19-pandemic. Underlying all topics is the Global Solutions Initiative’s narrative on Recoupling. All panels dealt with the connections that are made with this narrative to the G20 on specific topics. In addition, the visions were highlighted in further keynotes and panels. A detailed overview of the subject areas and their focal points can be found here, which are deepened in descriptions of the corresponding Global Tables. 

How to Participate in the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

Drafts for Policy Briefs

The results of the discussion are Policy Briefs, which contain recommendations for important challenges on the G20 work agenda and are of interest to G20 policy makers. More information on Policy Briefs can be found on the G20 Insights Platform

Comments and Statements

Registered participants of the Summit have the opportunity to provide questions and comments on the panel discussions. A contribution can be submitted in the form of a text, graphic or video statement via the comment function in the Summit area after successful login. We offer registered participants an upload function for this purpose. You can also take part in the discussion via Twitter, with the hashtag #GlobalSolutions and by naming our account @glob_solutions. You can also submit your comment via
e-mail to 

Global Tables

We invite collaborators of the Global Solutions Initiative to contribute to the program of the Summit and submit their Global Table for the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020. Each Global Table comprises a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion, corresponding to a priority of the T20. Each Global Table is meant to generate recommendations for the G20 in the spirit of recoupling economic and social prosperity. To provide a Global Table as a partner, please contact us

Process of the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

Summit Opening

Starting with an Opening Panel the Digital Global Solutions Summit consists of keynotes, discussions, interviews and impulse statements by high-ranking representatives from research, politics, business and civil society.

Global Tables

At the core of the Digital Global Solutions Summit are Global Tables, each tackling the T20 and G20 agenda as well as generating policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Each Global Table is accessible for the public via the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020 website. Here we generate recommendations for the G20 in the spirit of recoupling economic and social prosperity.

A number of partners have contributed Global Tables on their own. We thank them for contributing to the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020.

Summit Round-Up

The Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020 will conclude with the Summit Round-Up in June. 

This is where highlights from the Global Tables will be shared, and panels comprised of high-level experts will respond to the issues raised in the previous discussions by participants and speakers.

Explore the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020

You can navigate to content related to the Digital Global Solutions Summit here. Discover the T20 agenda, an overview of all Global Tables, meet the speakers and read the latest issue of the Global Solutions Journal. Also navigate to the G20 Insights Platform that offers policy proposals to the G20: The Policy Briefs, produced by Task Forces from the Think20 (T20) Group and other sources, are clustered in policy areas and describe either recommendations or visions.


Sessions focus on the G20 and T20 agenda and also address the political response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Underlying all topics is the narrative on Recoupling.

Overview »


Global Tables shape the program of this Summit. With a specific focus within a topic area they consist of keynotes and panel discussions, supplemented by vision statements. Participants are invited to contribute to the contents. 

All Global Tables »


The Global Solutions Summit is a meeting of global problem solvers, including thought leaders and decision-makers from research, politics, business and civil society.

All Speakers »


The Journal for this Summit provides a bridge between visions, recommend­ations and action. Find articles from academics as well as from implementers.

Previous issues »

Policy Briefs

The G20 Insights Platform offers policy proposals to the G20. It is  an initiative of the T20 Engagement Group. 

G20 Insights »

Young Global Changers: Meet our Class of 2020

In 2020, ninety young people from around the globe were selected to participate in the Global Solutions Summit as Young Global Changers from over 3,600 applicants. 

You can learn more about this year’s Young Global Changers and their unique projects on our website. During the Digital Global Solutions Summit, these young changemakers from academia, business and civil society will contribute and debate in their various working groups on the Summit topics.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020 and its program, please contact us at

As a media representative please contact for more information. Please also note our press releases and comments published on the Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020.

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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