18-19 March, Berlin. A delegation from the Dialogue of Civilizations-Research Institute (DOC) participated in the annual Global Solutions Summit, a global policy forum that built on 2017’s highly successful Think 20 Summit in Berlin. The delegation included Chairman Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, CEO Jean-Christophe Bas, Head of Communications Grigory Levchenko and Programme Manager Andrey Filippov.
This year’s Global Solutions Summit brought together 1,600 participants, including entrepreneurs, policymakers, senior government officials and academics. The focus was on the priorities of Japan’s G20 Presidency, including sustainable development, infrastructure, the future of work and education, and other crucial global issues.
The overarching topic of the future of multilaterism reconnecting and recoupling social and economic progress globally featured heavily. This was reflected in the summit’s agenda, as well as in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s keynote speech, which focused on the value of international cooperation. Although Chancellor Merkel concentrated on the economic aspect of multilaterism, and in particular on non-tariff barriers, the message of nations working together in a collaborative framework still resonates. Chairman Dr. Vladimir Yakunin participated in the panel “Economic Effects of Infrastructure Investment and its Financing”, which preceded the Chancellor’s speech.
The DOC RI also participated in the work of the T20 Japan task force #4 – a dedicated working body designed to submit policy recommendations on infrastructure planning and financing to G20 leaders. Leading co-chairs Prof. Amar Bhattacharya of the Brookings Institution and Prof. Naoyuki Yoshino from the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) together with other members discussed in detail the next steps in the preparation of policy recommendations for the upcoming G20 Summit in Japan.
The DOC shares the values of multilaterism. This year’s Rhodes Forum, which will take place on the Greek island of Rhodes on 11-12 October, will focus on forging shared worldviews through dialogue as a way to contribute to a fair, sustainable and peaceful world. Under the headline “Global (Dis)order: Towards Dialogue-Based Worldviews”, the Rhodes Forum will bring together leaders from the business, academic, diplomatic and political communities in both the developing and developed worlds in a non-confrontational and constructive spirit.
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