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The Global Economic Symposium (GES) is a high-level solution forum organized annually by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a renowned Think Tank in the field of global economic affairs, in cooperation with well-known international partner institutions. Established in 2008, the GES challenges leading international decision-makers from academia, business, politics, international organizations and civil society to develop new solutions to major global problems.

Due to their global dimension, the challenges addressed at the GES cannot be solved by national policy instruments alone, but require global cooperation and dialogue. Examples of these challenges are financial crises, climate change, energy security, poverty and inequality, unemployment, migration, education deficits, or deficient global governance.

The GES seeks to initiate such cooperation and dialogue by providing an ongoing strategic process, in which the global community generates ideas, develops visions and pursues concrete projects. The process is supported by a research base provided by researchers from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The outcomes of each GES are summarized in various publications.

What makes the GES Special?

  • It is solution-oriented, distinguishing itself from mere discussion fora. Formulating concrete policies and business strategies to tackle global problems is the major goal.
  • It is research-based, making facts and knowledge a top priority. State-of-the-art research is underlying all the sessions and is published in the GES Knowledge Base.
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