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New Forces of Global Governance


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 in Kiel on 4–6 October.

Together with experts from governments, the academic and research community, the business community, and civil society organizations, it will try to find solutions to such global problems as climate change, resource scarcity, and poverty. The GES was founded by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2008. It invites experts from all over the world to participate in developing concrete policy measures and strategies to solve global challenges. 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.

The Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung will deal with the topic “Strategic Resources for Green Technologies of the Future” and will present ways of stopping the race for resources. “Green technologies of the future will rely to a great extent on mineral resources that are usually extracted in developing and threshold countries,” says Barbara Unmüßig, chairwoman of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. “But their extraction and disposal involve ecological, social, and human rights risks. We need international trade and investment rules and ecosocial standards to regulate how we deal with global resources.”

Dennis J. Snower, president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, adds: “The industrialized countries’ race for limited resources spawns corrupt allocation of resource concessions, violations of human rights in exploiting resources, and gross disregard of environmental protection regulations. Resource efficiency should be increased by using targeted measures to promote recycling and the development of new green technologies, and thus to decouple economic growth from the availability of resources.”

Among those who have confirmed they will participate in GES 2011 are former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, the Nobel laureates Eric S. Maskin and Oliver E. Williamson, Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Aart de Geus. It will be held under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. The GES is organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.


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