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First results of the GES 2011 published

Solutions from the Roundtable “Aiding the Emerging States of Northern Africa” presented to the German Foreign Minister Westerwelle

Only two weeks after the fourth GES took place in Kiel the first solution proposals have been published and are being presented to relevant stakeholders. Dirk Ahlers, Chairman of the Advisory Board of FROSTA AG and chair of the GES Roundtable “Aiding the Emerging States of Northern Africa” handed over the first GES Brief 2011 during the audience with the German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle.

The Roundtable was moderated by Phoenix Moderator Conny Czymoch. Other speakers were Dirk Ahlers, Clara Gruitrooy, Rolf Salo, Jochen Schildt, Moritz Schildt, Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert and Torsten Seemann.


Solutions for child poverty in Germany

- a forum organized by the Evangelical Lutheran Church on the occasion of the 2011 GES -

On the occasion of the 2011 Global Economic Symposium, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein calls on GES participants to focus on ways to put an end to child poverty. In a discussion forum organized jointly by the Church and the Parliamentary Society of Schleswig-Holstein, experts from government social services, non-governmental organizations, academia, and the media reviewed the evidence on child poverty in Germany and searched for ways out of the poverty trap for children and their families.


First issue of THRIVE published

Here is the first issue of THRIVE, the magazine of the GES.

This globalized world has created major global problems – from climate change to financial crises – that call for a global response. But societies are fragmented. Making a global response requires people to work together across national, cultural, social, religious and professional lines. THRIVE is meant to help us work together on problems we all share. It is called “THRIVE” since that is what all of us around the world seek to do – thrive as human beings.

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Results of the GES Resource Summit

Resource Summit results presented to the German Federal Ministry of Economy

The Resource Summit took place during Kiel Week in June 2011 in preparation of this year's GES session Shaping a Global Resource Strategy. The following principal statements expressed by the participants have now been presented to the German Federal Ministry of Economy:
  1. An efficiency revolution is possible.
  2. Resource efficiency provides opportunities for countries and firms.
  3. Waste materials can be turned into resources.



The Resource Summit was moderated by Tagesschau news anchor Jan Hofer. Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Dr. Thorsten Grenz, and Prof. Dennis J. Snower sketched out solutions to challenges posed by international resource trade. The summit was held by Veolia Umweltservice, together with the Kiel Institute, during Kiel Week under the title of “Global Resources - Global Responsibility: Solutions to the Race for Resources.”



    Global Identity

    During this year's Salzburg Trilogue, Dennis Snower gave an interview on the Global Economic Symposium's attempt to create global identity. Global problems like climate change and the financial crisis cannot be sufficiently addressed on national level. They require global cooperation and global solutions.

    "The GES is about creating a neutral open space in which we can understand that we are a global community; in which we are prepared to take on global responsibilities and understand that as the world has become interconnected and globalized, we have become interconnected in various important ways. (...) The GES grew out of the realization that we must come together as a global community - that we are increasingly a global economy, but not a global society."


    Global Citizenship and Global Economic Solutions

    The first Global Economic Symposium (GES) took place in the early autumn of 2008. Dennis Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and GES Director, talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about its continuing efforts to bring together people from many professions, nations and cultures to develop solutions to a wide range of global challenges, including financial crises, climate change, poverty and such ‘tragedy of the commons’ phenomena as deforestation and overfishing. The interview was recorded in July 2011.


    New Forces of Global Governance

    The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Starts Cooperation with the GES

    The greenish Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung has become a knowledge partner in the Global Economic Symposium (GES) international forum of experts. GES 2011 will be held under the title "New Forces of Global Governance" and will concern itself with how to utilize new forces, for example, civil society, and the opportunities they offer to bring about cooperative, multilateral policymaking.

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    Global Resources - Global Responsibility

    The GES Resource Summit: Solutions to the Race for Resources

    Together with Veolia Umweltservice GmbH, the Kiel Institute hosted a podium discussion on June 22, which provided a foretaste of this year’s GES. Top-flight experts discussed questions concerning the global allocation of resources.

    The Global demand for mineral resources is steadily increasing and having access to numerous resources has become of strategic importance, not only for high-tech firms but also for countries. What needs to be done to avoide negative geopolitical consequences of the race for resources and to ensure that exploitation of resources will not continue to destroy the environment?

    The distinguished speakers were Prof. Klaus Töpfer, Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Dr. Thorsten Grenz, and Prof. Dennis J. Snower. It was moderated by Tagesschau news anchor Jan Hofer.

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