The Young Global Changers Summer School in Berlin was a truly global gathering of young changemakers. I had the privilege and honor to be selected to attend the program, where 90 young leaders from all over the world came together to brainstorm on solutions to the SDGs, in view of the G20 Japanese presidency.
In her keynote speech at the Global Solutions Summit, Chancellor Merkel emphasized the importance of supporting multilateralism while maintaining respect for national autonomy. The threats facing multilateralism today were highlighted, most notably the recent rise of populism and the potential for clashes between national and international powers.
The broad generalization often made about trade is that it can make everybody better off. This economic principle is popularly proclaimed in the introduction to an economics textbook by Mankiw and Taylor, and therefore taught to many, if not all, students attending introductory courses in economics.