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Available now: 2020 Digital Global Solutions Summit Program

T20 - 11. Juni 2020 - 9:58

The Global Solutions Summit 2020, held digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has so far welcomed 209 speakers, 45 keynotes, 36 panel discussions, dozens of vision statements and Policy Briefs.

These fantastic contributions to the Think20 process and the 2020 G20 Presidency have been reviewed, consumed and commented on extensively by thousands of registered participants and tens of thousands of visitors to the Global Solutions Initiative website.

Global Table Highlights

Global Tables cover issues such as the Future of Multilateralism, Fighting Climate Change, Infrastructure Investment, and consist of keynotes, panel discussions, vision statements and interviews. All contributions are online.

A selection of key Global Tables covering the 2020 Think20 priorities is below:

Global Table: What can the G20 do to prepare the road to COP26 and ensure functioning global carbon markets?

  • Keynote: Svenja Schulze, German Minister for the Environment
  • Keynote: Ottmar Edenhofer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (PIK)
  • Vision: Josef Aschbacher, ESA
  • Panel: Amar Bhattacharya (Brookings), Ottmar Edenhofer (PIK), Germany’s Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (BMU), Laurence Tubiana (European Climate Foundation)

Global Table: COVID-19: What can the G20 do to support the Fight against Pandemics in a Globalized World?

  • Panel: Elhadj As Sy (Kofi Annan Foundation), Christian Drosten (Charité), Ilona Kickbusch (World Health Summit) David Loew (Sanofi Pasteur)

Global Table: What can the G20 do to promote a circular carbon economy?

  • Keynote: Khalid Abuleif, Chief Climate Change Negotiator, G20 Saudi Arabia
  • Panel: Khalid Abuleif (G20 Saudi Arabia), Gunnar Luderer (PIK), Miranda Schreuers (TU Munich), Adair Turner (Energy Transitions Commission)

Global Table: What can the G20 do to stabilise the world economy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Keynote: Peter Altmaier, German Minister for the Economy
  • Keynote: Paolo Magri, ISPI
  • Panel: Irene Natividad (Global Summit of Women), Jean Pisani-Ferry (European University Institute), Paola Subacchi (Queen Marry University of London), David Sloan Wilson (Binghamton University)
  • Vision: Sean Cleary, Future World Foundation

Global Table: The G20 in time of Pandemic

  • Panel: Fahad bin Abdullah Al Mubarak (G20 Sherpa Saudi Arabia), Pietro Benassi (G7/G20 Sherpa Italy), Christopher MacLennan (G20 Sherpa Canada), Lars-Hendrik Röller (G7/G20 Sherpa Germany), Dennis J. Snower (Global Solutions Initiative)
Save the Date: Global Solutions Summit 2021

During this exciting period of global discussion, it is a great pleasure to share the dates for the Global Solutions Summit 2021 in Berlin, Germany, during the 2021 Italian G20 Presidency. Please mark your calendars for May 27th and 28th, 2021.

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About the Global Solutions Summit

The Global Solutions Summit – The World Policy Forum – is hosted by the Global Solutions Initiative, a global collaborative enterprise that proposes policy responses to major global problems, addressed by the G20, the G7 and other global governance fora. The policy recommendations and strategic visions are generated through a disciplined research program by leading research organizations, elaborated in policy dialogues between researchers, policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives. Most recently, the GSI proposed an alternative to measuring prosperity through GDP, the Recoupling Dashboard.

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GAGE virtual research toolkit: qualitative research with young people on their Covid-19 experiences

ODI - 11. Juni 2020 - 0:00
An overview of the virtual qualitative research tools GAGE are using to understand young people’s experiences under Covid-19.
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Covid-19 phone survey (round 1)

ODI - 11. Juni 2020 - 0:00
Covid-19 phone survey (round 1) aims to understand the knowledge, attitudes and behavioural changes related to Covid-19 of adolescents.
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Livestock markets in the Sahel: market integration and the role of climate and conflict in price formation

ODI - 11. Juni 2020 - 0:00
This report aims to inform governments, regional institutions and technical and financial partners about current livestock market dynamics in the Sahel.
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Five ways Covid-19 could affect rural Africa – and what to do about it

ODI - 11. Juni 2020 - 0:00
Five potential impacts of Covid-19 on agriculture, food systems, food security and rural livelihoods in Africa – and how to counter them.
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Anticipatory action for livelihood protection: a collective endeavour

ODI - 11. Juni 2020 - 0:00
A discussion of how anticipatory action can protect livelihoods, with a particular focus on the case of drought.
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Throughout COVID-19 recovery, 'plummeting’ clean energy costs can help climate action

UN #SDG News - 10. Juni 2020 - 23:35
As COVID-19 hits the fossil fuel industry, a new UN report published on Wednesday shows that renewable energy is more cost-effective than ever – providing an opportunity to prioritize clean energy in national economic recovery packages and bring the world closer to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.  
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COVID-19: ‘Unparalleled economic shock’ threatens development hopes and gains

UN #SDG News - 10. Juni 2020 - 18:57
As the diverse and severe impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world, an “unparalleled economic shock” is putting development gains at risk, the UN chief told a meeting of high-powered business leaders on Wednesday.
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Civil unrest has doubled, and COVID-19 could make things worse - 10. Juni 2020 - 16:24
Civil unrest has doubled in the past decade as citizens protest against issues ranging from economic hardship and police brutality to political instability, according to this year’s Global Peace Index. The COVID-19 pandemic could make things worse. “The economic downturn...
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From Pandemic to 2030: Feminists Want System Change

Women - 10. Juni 2020 - 12:56

COVID-19 crisis have brought to light many of the systemic issues that have been widening inequalities, throughout the world. Women, girls and gender non-confirming people have been gravely and disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Through “From the Pandemic to 2030: Feminists Want System Change” series, the Women’s Major Group seeks to draw attention to the systemic issues faced by women, girls, and gender non-conforming people, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. The series also includes WMG’s recommendations for a just, equal and sustainable transition to a better future for all, both during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.


Human WellbeingEconomic BenefitsPlanet & ResilienceSustainable EnergyFood Security & HealthLocal ActionCross-cutting Recommendations


El Bienestar HumanoLos Beneficios EconómicosEl Planeta y ResilienciaEnergía SostenibleSeguridad Alimentaria y SaludLa Acción LocalRecomendaciones Transversales


Le Bien-être HumainLes Bénéfices EconomiquesPlanète et RésilienceL’énergie DurableSécurité Alimentaire et SanitaireL’action LocaleRecommandations Transversales

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International economic cooperation: the G7 as a bridge-builder

GDI Briefing - 10. Juni 2020 - 12:54

The Covid-19 pandemic currently acts as a magnifying glass under which we can view the state of international cooperation. What we see there is cause for deep concern. It is to be feared that the Covid-19 pandemic will further increase the number of victims and as a result not only health and economic systems, but also political systems will reach the limits of their capacity. How can international cooperation be strengthened under these circumstances and what role will club governance formats such as the G7 and G20 play?

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10.06.2020 Securing a global leadership role on hydrogen technologies: Federal Government adopts National Hydrogen Strategy and establishes National Hydrogen Council

German BMZ - 10. Juni 2020 - 12:15
Today, the Federal Government adopted a National Hydrogen Strategy for Germany. Hydrogen is key for decarbonising key German sectors such as the steel and chemical industries and the transport sector. Furthermore, hydrogen technologies have the potential to become a key field of business for German exporters. A flexible and target-driven governance structure is being set up to help consistently implement and further develop the strategy....
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Restoring the dreams of our children: why NGOs need more futures thinking

OECD - 10. Juni 2020 - 11:04
by Claire Leigh, Director of Child Rights and Governance, Save the Children UK, and Peter Glenday, Director of Programmes and Research, School of International Futures (SOIF) In September 2019 Greta Thunberg made an emotional speech to world leaders at the UN, climaxing in the now-famous accusation: “How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and … Continue reading Restoring the dreams of our children: why NGOs need more futures thinking
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Climate change, conflict and fragility: an evidence review and recommendations for research and action

ODI - 10. Juni 2020 - 0:00
This report looks at the evidence on the links between violent conflict and climate-related hazards, disasters and natural resources.
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Small wellspring of hope

D+C - 9. Juni 2020 - 16:16
A non-profit organisation tries to bring hope into the lives of underprivileged children in Guatemala

According to the World Bank, more than 59 % of the population lives below the poverty line. Among indigenous peoples, the poverty rate is 79 %.

For Guatemala’s children, 45 % of whom live in extreme poverty, the outlook is bleak. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of chronic child malnutrition in the world, according to Food for the Poor, a US-based Christian nonprofit organisation. Very little is invested in the development of Guatemala’s children, according to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Against this desolate backdrop, some charities are trying to improve the odds for at least small groups of Guatemala’s needy children. One of them, “Manantial de Vida” (“Source of Life”) offers help and hope to children in one of the country’s many danger zones. The charity, based in Guatemala City, partners with “Proyecto Pan de Vida” (“Bread of Life” Project), which is also based in Guatemala City.

I work as a volunteer for Manantial de Vida. On a recent Saturday morning, our small group of children aged five to 12 gathered to hear a prepared lesson about values – among them loving each other, keeping faith, holding on to hope, striving for happiness, and the importance of making efforts to achieve personal goals. The aim is to give them a sense of control over their direction in life and over how they develop as individuals, despite their difficult circumstances.

At the end of each lesson, instructors ask the children what they have learnt. They respond with positive messages such as “I have to respect all of my friends and help them if they need it.” This is a particularly important perspective to give to children who come from violent homes.

Other modules in the formal programme teach children about basic health and hygiene, important topics to which many children are not exposed in their daily lives. The rest of the programme is less formal. The children have time to dance and play, to experience what in other countries is a normal part of childhood. Many of our young charges take care of younger siblings and carry a lot of responsibility. Having a protected space to play gives them a different perspective on life.

An important part of our service is to provide lunch, particularly since many of the participants have either no other daily meal or inadequate meals at home. An important dimension of the service is to help children develop confidence in the volunteers. Trust and confidence do not necessarily come naturally to children facing a daily struggle for survival. But in the right circumstances, having a sense of hope and trust can also be an important survival skill.

Gildaneliz Barrientos, a journalist in Guatemala, volunteers for the “Manantial de Vida” programme for children and manages a media literacy project at Radio Sónica, a community radio station.

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Books for rural children in need

D+C - 9. Juni 2020 - 16:04
An NGO provides disadvantaged children in Malawi with text books for homeschooling in times of Corona

Kingsley Chiwandila is a 12 year-old living in Chinupule village, one of many rural communities in Malawi. He is among an estimated 4.6 million children who are now staying home while schools are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak which has hit our country too.

With very limited access to essential materials such as text books or digital devices for going online, Kingsley is unable to live up to government recommendations. It wants kids to continue studying from home. “I do not have what I need to do so,” Kingsley deplores. He says he would be grateful if he had specific books on some of his favourite subjects. “I like the subjects agriculture, bible knowledge, English and mathematics.” The 12 year-old likes reading, but he is also passionate about soccer and now spends most of his time playing with his peers. Running after the ball, their energy and enthusiasm is obvious to anyone watching.

Kingsley’s mother, Fyness Chiwandila, finds the situation puzzling: “I don’t know when they will all go back to school again – nobody knows. But they are saying it is important to keep the kids safe from the coronavirus, so we will just have to wait and see.” Like many mothers in Chinupule village, Chiwandila has very little education. She hopes for something different for her children.

As the Covid-19 crisis affects Malawi in many ways, some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are helping where they can. A youth-led organisation called Foundation for Rural Children Empowerment (FORCE) wants to support underprivileged children. It has started an initiative to ensure that members of this target group get the essential materials they need. The goal is to enable them to keep acquiring skills and knowledge in spite of not going to school.

“It is fundamental to address the needs of children especially during this Covid-19 pandemic because their education cannot wait,” says Faida Sandra
Hambalume, FORCE’s executive director. “Education is a right for all among other rights like the right to good health.”

The NGO, which was set up in 2017, is active in Central Malawi. It has collected enough books for all pupils of one school. They live in four different villages. To distribute the books, Hambalume says, NGO activists go from door to door, whilst observing distancing and related measures. As the government is not reaching out to rural children during the pandemic, it is people like Hambalume and the FORCE team who are giving hope to rural communities.

Sumeya Issa is a freelance journalist from Malawi.

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Human rights shutdown

D+C - 9. Juni 2020 - 15:46
The EU uses measures against the coronavirus as a pretext to curtail the rights of asylum seekers

Even before the pandemic, the EU did what it could to turn away people seeking asylum and often left them to die at sea. People have been suffering in the hotspots on Greek islands for years. While public attention in Europe focuses on the novel coronavirus, people keep dying in the Mediterranean Sea or are sent back to Libyan torture camps.

In late May and early April, Malta and Italy used Covid-19 as a pretext to stop the life-saving operations civil-society agencies were running. As state agencies are hardly saving lives anymore, humanitarian operations have basically been discontinued. Europe urgently needs a common life-saving service, but nothing of the kind is anywhere in sight.

Malta dropped off boat people on cruise ships beyond its territorial waters. These people were first rescued, but then denied any rights and forced to subsist in dismal conditions. The idea is that this will only change once EU countries are willing to host them.

Pushbacks that violate international law have been documented along land borders as well as in the central Mediterranean, the Aegean and in the waters between Cyprus and Syria. Unrestricted violence against refugees is evident. On Europe’s external borders, human rights do not count anymore.

Family members can no longer join those refugees who have been accepted by European countries. This means even more suffering for internally displaced people in Syria, for asylum seekers stuck in Lebanon, for thousands of Eritrean refugees in Ethiopian exile or for Somali refugees in Kenya.

EU governments managed to organise charter flights that brought home hundreds of thousands of tourists from all around the world. No such airlifts are available to refugees’ family members, to thousands of desperate people in war-torn Libya or to 40,000 asylum seekers in miserable camps on the Greek islands.

Prominent medical doctors from several countries have signed an appeal to the European Commission. The headline is: “EVACUATE. MORIA. NOW.” The doctors argue that it is impossible to protect people from Covid-19 infections in the camps. They spell out what can and must be done to keep refugees safe from the spreading disease.

Moria, a camp on Lesbos, has become the symbol of the disastrous European refugee policy. Civil-society organisations in Germany and other EU member countries are shaping public debate with slogans such as “evacuate the camps” and “no one left behind”.

In early March, before European lockdowns were enforced, the Greek-Turkish border witnessed dramatic scenes (see comment by Sabine Balk in Debate section of D+C/E+Z e-Paper 2020/04). At the time, the presidents of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council declared unconditional support for the restrictive action of the Greek government in a rather belligerent display of solidarity. It did not bother Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission president, that officers perpetrated brutal violence against people seeking shelter before her very eyes. She felt no critical words for Greece’s suspension of the right to asylum and declared that the country was serving as Europe’s protective shield.

Statements like this show that top leaders of the EU have backed off from fundamental principles, that are spelled out clearly in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union. It starts with the words: “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights...” These principles must now be upheld.

Karl Kopp heads the Europe department of Pro Asyl, a German civil-society organisation that fights for refugees’ rights.

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