Global Tables on Economy, Employment and Education in the Digital Age

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. The Global Tables are filled with keynotes, discussions, interviews and impulse statements by high-ranking representatives from research, politics, business and civil society.

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) broad in tone, these principles now require specific steps towards implementation through regulatory actions, especially because current practices by many AI systems do not fully reflect them. This panel will discuss how the G20 can shape and coordinate AI policies and makes recommendations to G20 leaders in how their national governments can act to adequately protect citizens, consumers, workers and markets.

Erik Brynjolfsson

Kirsten Martin
George Washington University



Anna Byhovskaya

Mary Carol Madigan

Paul Tighe
Pontifical Council for Culture

Paul Twomey
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada

MJ Zhang
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Moderator: Evan Davis

Juan Francisco Saldarriaga
Columbia University

Mary Carol Madigan

Paul Twomey
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada

Anna Byhovskaya

Paul Twomey
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada



Paul Tighe
Pontifical Council for Culture

Paul Twomey
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada

The global economy is being transformed by technological advances such as artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing techniques and technology-enabled platforms, inducing structural shifts in our labour markets. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will lead to further structural transformations. The education system plays a key role during this transformation. It will support the transition best if the curriculum is coherent across levels and countries, if it forward-looking by conveying required competencies such as creativity and emotional intelligence, and if it is inclusive to all citizens to improve social cohesion. This Global Table will discuss how these goals can be achieved. It will also discuss how global policy responses to the the COVID-19 pandemic threaten the educational system and the effective delivery of education, and what can be done to prepare for the post-crisis period.

Andreas Schleicher

James Heckman
University of Chicago

Urvashi Aneja
Tandem Research, India


Alejandra Cardini
CIPPEC, Argentina


Claudia Costin
CIEEP, Brazil


Harald Kayser
Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC Europe

Moderator: Dennis Görlich
Global Solutions Initiative

İhsan Sabuncuoğlu
Abdullah Gül University

The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economies, supply chains, and corporations are far reaching. G20 countries are grappling with historically high unemployment rates as stay-at-home-orders upended livelihoods. This, coupled with jobs increasingly at risk of automation due to advancing technology, will impact the availability and quality of employment for years and is contributing to rising income disparity and distrust in institutions. Reskilling will be key to reversing these trends, as displaced workers look to develop new skills to remain relevant and large youth populations entering the labor market seek the skills needed for the workforce of the future. But upskilling large segments of society is complex and requires collaboration amongst educators, policymakers and businesses. As nations emerge on the other side of this pandemic and jobs return, the G20 has a collective responsibility to ensure future job creation supports ‘good work’. In doing so, business will benefit from higher productivity, society will benefit from better use of resources, and citizens will be more fulfilled. Ultimately, this can fuel faster and stronger economic recovery while promoting social progress in parallel. 

This Global Table will explore how the G20 and the business community can come together to address the skills challenge and safeguard ‘good work’ in collective response to COVID-19.

Ramiro Albrieu
Principal Researcher of Economic Development, CIPPEC


Urvashi Aneja
Co-Founder, Tandem Research


Paul Grainger
Co-Director & Enterprise Lead, Centre for Education and Work, UCL


Angela Lyons
Professor & Director, Center for Economic and Financial Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Bhushan Sethi
Joint Global Leader, People & Organization, PwC US

Moderator: Carolin Roth
Reporter, CNBC





Urvashi Aneja
Co-Founder, Tandem Research

Policy Recommendations, Policy Briefs and Articles

Policy Briefs on Economy, Employment, and Education in the Digital Age

Policy Briefs contain recommendations and visions and cover policy ares that are of interest to G20 policymakers. The majority of the Policy Briefs has been developed by a corresponding T20 Task Force.

T20 Recommendations Report: Policy Needs for Shaping the Digital Economy Era

Compiled by Dennis Görlich (IfW Kiel), Katharina Lima de Miranda (IfW Kiel) and Juliane Stein-Zalai (IfW Kiel)

A Human Development Approach to Measuring and Improving the Digital Livelihoods of Vulnerable Populations

Towards a Multilateral Consensus on Data Governance

Rebuilding the Livelihoods of Forcibly Displaced Populations Using Digital Financial Inclusion

It takes more than a village. Effective Early Childhood Development, Education and Care services require competent systems

Mathias Urban (Dublin City University), Alejandra Cardini (CIPPEC), Rita Flórez Romero (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

Redesigning education landscapes for the future of work: third-space literacies and alternative learning models

Cristóbal Cobo (Fundación Ceibal), Alessia Zucchetti (Fundación Ceibal), Axel Rivas (CIPPEC)

Bridging the Education-Workforce Divide: Strategies to Meet Ever Changing Needs and Mitigate Future Inequalities

Claudia Costin (Fundación Getulio Vargas), Allan Michel Jales Coutinho (Fundación Getulio Vargas)

Financing Quality and Equitable Education in LATAM

Javier González (SUMMA), Santiago Cueto (GRADE), Alejandra Cardini (CIPPEC), Bárbara Flores (SUMMA)

Transforming education financing for  inclusive, equitable and quality learning outcomes for the 2030/SDG4 Agenda

Kazuhiro Yoshida (Hiroshima University), Yasushi Hirosato (Sophia University), Shinichiro Tanaka (Japan Internacional Cooperation Agency)

Transforming Education towards Equitable Quality Education to Achieve the SDGs

Shinichiro Tanaka (JICA Research Institute), Shimpei Taguchi (JICA Research Institute), Kazuhiro Yoshida (Hiroshima University), Alejandra Cardini (CIPPEC), Nobuko Kayashima (JICA Research Institute), and Hiromichi Morishita (JICA Research Institute)

Early Childhood Development Education and Care: The Future Is What We Build Today

Mathias Urban (Dublin City University), Alejandra Cardini (CIPPEC), Jennifer Guevara (CIPPEC), Lynette Okengo (African Early Childhood Network) and Rita Flórez Romero (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

Developing National Agendas in Order to Achieve Gender Equality in Education (SDG 4)

Natasha Ridge (Al Qasimi Foundation), Susan Kippels (Al Qasimi Foundation), Alejandra Cardini (CIPPEC), and Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu (Women’s Economic Empowerment)

Measuring Transformational Pedagogies across G20 Countries to Achieve Breakthrough Learning: The Case for Collaboration

David Istance (Brookings Institute), Anthony Mackay (National Centeron Education and the Economy) and Rebecca Winthrop (Brookings Institute)

Bridging the Gap Between Digital Skills and Employability for Vulnerable Populations

Angela C. Lyons (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Alessia Zucchetti (Ceibal Foundation), Josephine Kass-Hanna (Saint Joseph University of Beirut), and Cristóbal Cobo (Ceibal Foundation)

Teacher Professional Skills: Key Strategies to Advance in Better Learning Opportunities in Latin America

Javier D. González (SUMMA), Dante C. Castillo (SUMMA), Claudia Costin (Getulio Vargas Foundation), and Alejandra Cardini (CIPPEC)

Cybersecurity and Privacy in the COVID-19 era

By Ambika Khanna and Sagnik Chakraborty (Gateway House)

Rethinking higher education for the emerging needs of society – Global Solutions Journal

Education and social progress – Global Solutions Journal

Competing in Artificial Intelligence Chips: China’s Challenge amid Technology War

By Dieter Ernst (Center for International Governance Innovation(CIGI))

Automation and the Future of Work: Scenarios and Policy Options

Joël Blit, Samantha St. Amand, Joanna Wajda (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Toward a G20 Framework for Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

Paul Twomey (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Toward a Robust Architecture for the Regulation of Data and Digital Trade

Dan Ciuriak, Maria Ptashinka (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Trust and Data

Paul Vallee (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Big Data Analytics Need Standards to Thrive: What Standards Are and Why They Matter

Michel Girard (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

A Plurilateral “Single Data Area” Is the Solution to Canada’s Data Trilemma

Susan Ariel Aaronson, Patrick Leblond (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Data Is a Development Issue

Susan Ariel Aaronson (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

The Data-driven Economy: Implications for Canada’s Economic Strategy

Dan Ciuriak (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Data Is Different: Why the World Needs a New Approach to Governing Cross-border Data Flows

Susan Ariel Aaronson (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Rethinking Industrial Policy for the Data-driven Economy

Dan Ciuriak (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Implementing a National Data Strategy: The Need for Innovative Public Consultations

Natasha Tusikov, Blayne Haggart (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Data Ownership

Teresa Scassa (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Open Data Endgame: Countering the Digital Consensus

Bianca Wylie (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Who is Responsible When Autonomous Systems Fail?

Madeleine Clare Elish (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Artificial Intelligence Policies Must Focus on Impact and Accountability

Amba Kak, Rashida Richardson (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Owning Intelligence

Sean McDonald (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

On Regulating the Software behind Artificial Intelligence

Joanna Bryson (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Canada’s Workforce Needs Hybrid Skill Sets, Not Just Automation

Ronald Orol (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Artificial Intelligence Needs an Ethics Framework

Daniel Munro (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Three Paths Towards Global Governance of Artificial Intelligence

Rohinton Medhora (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Ungoverned Space: How Surveillance Capitalism and AI Undermine Democracy

Taylor Owen (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

How Facial Recognition Technology Permeated Everyday Life

Nikki Gladstone (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

How Big Data and the Tech Sector Can Help Prepare Us for the Next Pandemic

Michael Cheroff (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Protecting the Core of Canadian Values in the Digital Realm

Aaron Shull (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

The Canadian Mandate: Data Governance for Economic Prosperity

Robert Fay (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Coronavirus: A Digital Governance Emergency of International Concern

Sean McDonald (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Data Governance or Your Money Back: A Case for Digital Warranties

Sean McDonald (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

What Is Stalling Better Data Governance?

Sean McDonald (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Reclaiming Data Trusts

Sean McDonald (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Considerations for Canada’s National Data Strategy

Teresa Scassa (Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Contributions by the Young Global Changers

Ninety young people from around the world were selected to participate in the Global Solutions Summit as Young Global Changers. These young changemakers from academica, business and civil society will contribute and debate in their various working groups on the Summit topics.

Statement Video on AI Principles and Global Data Governance by the 2020 YGCs

Take a look at the video with statements and questions by the YGC Working Group on AI Principles and Global Data Govvernance.

Towards a Multilareral Consensus on Data Governance

Policy Brief by Alan Ichilevici de Oliveira, Kateryna Heseleva, and Vincent Jerald Ramos, members of the extended circle community by the YGC program.

Related Projects by the 2020 YGCs

The Young Global Changers work on projects and initiatives that are pushing for change.

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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.

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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. 

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

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

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Policy Briefs

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

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